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Let's get real: it's an ugly world out there, and knowing self-defence may just get you out of a tough spot. While we wouldn't recommend that you rely solely on these apps, we do suggest you use them to help you in an emergency situation. Whether your instinct tells you to fight or take flight, here are options you may want to consider


Karen Ann Monsy

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Published: Fri 20 May 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 20 May 2016, 2:00 AM

My Panic Alarm
Sometimes, in an emergency situation, you may only get a few seconds to react. That's why all you have to do here is open the app and tap the alarm button, so that your phone will emit a loud siren while also flashing colours on the screen to alert passersby for help. (The makers do warn that the app is unsuitable for people with epilepsy.)

Global SOS
This one's for travellers. Whether you're looking for an ambulance in Vietnam or the cops in Hawaii, this app uses GPS to detect your location and lists out all the local emergency numbers in a clean and clear interface. All you have to do is tap a button to place the call - and help will be on the way!

Live to Tell About It
Developed by seven-time world karate champion Johnny Gyro and 5th degree black belt holder Boel Gyro, you know you're in good hands with this one. Twice a victim of violent crime, Noel made it her personal mission to train women of all ages to defend themselves in violent confrontations. The app uses demos to teach self-defence moves against any unwelcome advances, domestic abuse, assault and more to help you get away - and live to tell the tale.

Bully 911
Incidentally, this is another app from the Gyro duo - only this one is designed exclusively to teach kids how to deal with bullies at school or on the playground. No more do they have to decide between their lunch money or a showdown with the burly bully - these techniques demonstrate step-by-step how to ensure they're never a target again. 

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