Salvus – the name borrowed from a Latin word meaning "safe" and "sound", is a cross-platform application that people can log on to and use GPS settings to find other users located near them. The users band together to form a community that can provide each other with a sense of security when needed. For example, a girl walking to her car in a parking lot alone can look for someone who can spare a few minutes of time to accompany her. People having to wait for the bus or train somewhere can stand together. The average petty criminal is not a meditative one, he preys on those who are vulnerable in the moment.
The possibilities are endless, but the common goal is compassion for fellow human beings, a recognition that yes, the crime situation sucks, so let the good people look out for each other. Users will vouch for each other and build a database of real people who want their fellow neighbours to be safe and sound. Users will be encouraged to link their Salvus accounts to their social media pages for added credibility.
I am a film graduate and aspiring novel writer. I currently live in London, and am returning to Kuala Lumpur in late November. One of my greatest concerns about my imminent return, is how unsafe people seem to be in KL. Every account that I read on Facebook about someone being slashed, robbed, or raped - truly and deeply bothers me. I don't want my peers being attacked, I don't want my sisters being assaulted, I don't want my family to worry about me when I go out. It further gets to me that many of the incidents are not committed by Malaysians themselves. Who and why are these foreign nationals attacking our people? I don't know. But I do know that we need to stop floating around, isolated in a sea of fear, and instead stand up and band together.
With my film background and creative writing passion, it would seem like I'm about to pitch a web series or awareness campaign, but that's not what I'm about. I don't want to talk about the problem, I want to try to fix it.
How I Plan To Go Forth
I will be writing the copy and overseeing privacy settings, the latter of which I will take very seriously. The last thing I want is for Salvus to be misused. The bulk of the money will go towards paying the developer/designer, with the remainder used for marketing and promotion. I will also likely get an Android tablet to help with beta testing.