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If you're staring down the barrel of a gun or being chased down a city block, a tap on your smartphone's screen just might be a lifesaver.

The SOS Quick Capture app, which became available for iOS, Android and Windows phones in January, allows users to send photos, a GPS link and messages to three preset emergency contacts if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Robert Sullivan, one of the owners for Golsong Group, which developed the app, said the app has been used by teenagers facing bullies, people stuck in snowstorms and hunters alike.

"[The app gives] a person an extra level of security in their daily life," Sullivan said. Certainly it's not a gun, but it would deter more situations from getting worse. It's a safety app."

The significance of the app, Sullivan said, is that users don't have to dial out a number to get in contact with someone. With the tap of a button they've already sent out an alert.

For those in the UCF area, where crime rose 75 percent from 2013 to 2014 according to Orange County documents, the app could be a vital tool in a life or death scenario.

Just Monday night, former UCF student Hae-Yuan Chang found herself in such a scenario when she was robbed at gunpoint.

Chang was riding home on her bike from dance practice when three men approached her. One pulled out a gun and the group stole her bike, Cote et Ciel backpack, Oneplus One phone, an olive-colored Kindle, her wallet and Google Chromebook. The incident remains under investigation by Orange County Sheriff's Office.

For students who want to download the app, it's available for $2.99 on the App Store, Windows Store and Google Play Store.

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Adam Rhodes is the Entertainment Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @byadamrhodes or email him at AdamR@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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