Silent Bodyguard: A “must have” iPhone app that can save lives

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While working on creating and writing television show concepts, San Fernando Valley residents Jo Perry and Justin Leader started talking about iPhone apps. Leader, who is also an iPhone app developer, asked Perry what app she would like to have that doesn’t exist.

In recent months, Perry said she had been thinking a great deal about safety. A classmate of her youngest daughter had been abducted and murdered while on an errand. Shortly thereafter, her oldest daughter returned to Yale, where a female graduate student was murdered in her lab.

Jo Perry and Justin Leader.

Silent Bodyguard co-creators Jo Perry and Justin Leader.

“I realized that both young women had a device with them that might have helped them — their cell phones,” said Perry. “The app I wanted would turn an iPhone into a survival tool.”

And so the idea for Silent Bodyguard was born.

The Silent Bodyguard iPhone app sends an SOS without alerting onlookers or an attacker. The app’s icon does not indicate that it is a panic button, and when activated, the app’s screen looks like a photo viewer, not an emergency communicator. Therefore, the app can be easily activated without being noticed.

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The app's screen looks like a photo viewer, not an emergency communicator.

When Silent Bodyguard is activated, it automatically sends a text message and emails to emergency contacts that the iPhone owner has chosen from their iPhone contact list. The messages sent contain the owner’s current location with a link to an online map, as determined by the iPhone GPS locator.

Silent Bodyguard will continue to send emails with updated locations every 60 seconds until the owner quits the application. It will not make any sound or signal that it is sending out these messages.

Silent Bodyguard works on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but does require an internet signal to work.

Silent Bodyguard.

The Silent Bodyguard iPhone app sends an SOS without alerting onlookers or an attacker.

Silent Bodyguard went on sale at the iTunes store right before Christmas and so far the response has been an enthusiastic 5-star ratings from its users.

It sells for $3.99 — at that price you can’t afford not to have it.

Silent Bodyguard is available for $3.99 through the iTunes Store: and through a link on the Silent Bodyguard website:  Perry and Leader are donating 5% of the profits to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Karen Young is the Publisher/Editor of My Daily Find

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  • Ana Teresa

    Interesting and especially useful as an iPhone owner.

  • MarcieD

    Thank you for writing about this iPhone app. I am sending the article to everyone I know with an iPhone and an iPod Touch. It will be installed on our phones TODAY.

  • Jennifer

    It’s about time! Brilliant, thanks for the article, Karen.

  • Jo Perry

    Thank you. If you have any questions, you can let us know at the website.

    • Sarah Barrett


      This is a BRILLIANT idea!! I’m so glad you guys came up with it. My girls are much younger than yours, but I’m glad to know that they will have access to this app when they are older. We were so saddened by the Lily Burke story.

      Thanks again!

      Sarah :)

      PS I’m your neighbor and a friend of Bob and Judy W.

      • Jo Perry

        Thanks, Sara! I appreciate your kind words. I hope we can meet someday.

  • Pam K.

    This is a great reason alone to get an iphone. Great article.

  • Betsy Ceder

    This is an amazing application and one who’s time has sadly come. I am purchasing it for my son’s Iphone today and hope that it’s available for my cell phone soon. Thanks so much for always keeping me informed!

  • Jo Perry

    Just learned today that iTunes has enabled people to buy apps as gifts for others. So you can purchase Silent Bodyguard as a gift for a loved one, a high school grad, a friend, a coworker. Just click on “Buy” and a window will open giving you the option of purchasing as a gift.

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