You might be hitch-hiking, walking home or using a taxi late at night. Now you can register your whereabouts on a central database via text message and in the unlikely event that you go missing, the police can access the information you recorded.
You send a free text message to 7233 (SAFE) using your Spark mobile.
For each text you send to SAFE, Spark records the date and time the message was sent, as well as the mobile phone number and the message content.
Each message receives an automated response that states: "Spark has received your message and will archive your information. If you feel under threat or are in danger please call 111 and request Police assistance."
This service is in no way a replacement for calling 111 if people are in danger or feeling threatened. The messages are not monitored and will only be accessed following a formal approach from the police.
Here are some examples of how the service could be used. Remember to record your movements and details precisely as in New Zealand towns and rural areas, you'll often find the same names used, eg High St occurs in many towns and suburbs.