Personal Safety app reaches download landmark


Hollie Guard, the personal safety app from Glouceser-based Hollie Gazzard Trust has hit over 16,000 downloads.

Launched in 2015, the free, award-winning app for Smartphones can protect men and women from possible danger. Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button. If in danger simply shake your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends out a high-pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order to attract maximum attention.

The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up after the murder of Hollie Gazzard at her salon in Gloucester in 2014 by her ex-partner, who had actively stalked Hollie following an abusive relationship.

The Hollie Gazzard Trust supports young hairdressers and charities fighting domestic abuse and anti-knife crime.

Hollies’ father Nick is the chairman of the trust. He said: “From the moment Hollie Guard is activated, your location is tracked and can be viewed in real time by your emergency contact. Evidence is not stored on the smartphone but on secure servers so that it can be used as future as evidence, this is one of the reasons police forces up and down the land are now endorsing it,” he added.

Hollie Guard contains many other features including a ‘journey’ feature allowing you to notify friends, family and co-workers of your movements. ‘Meetings’ allow you to identify when you are going to a meeting or working alone. An alert will automatically be created if the timer expires or you do not cancel the meeting.

The ‘Man down’ facility provides extra protection for users in situations where injury or personal immobilisation is possible by flagging sudden deceleration, non-movement and impact.

The App is available on three operating systems: Apple, Android, and Windows.