I've watched too many seasons of Law & Order: SVU and Without a Trace to walk the streets late at night alone if I don't have to. But as a single girl in San Francisco, sometimes I have no choice. When venturing out into the urban wilderness, arm yourself with these personal-safety apps . . . they could save your life.
Kitestring  is a free mobile web app, so it's accessible from every smartphone platform. To sign up, enter in your personal phone number and emergency contacts before going out on your own. Kitestring will check up on you via SMS after a certain amount of time, and if you don't respond, the service will alert your friends and family.
Circle of 6
Circle of 6  (free, iOS and Android) is our top download for single ladies (watch it in action below!) because it can help prevent violence before it happens.
If you need help getting home or just need someone to call as a way out of a sketchy date, then tap one of Circle of 6's help buttons, represented by icons, so no one can tell what you're up to. The app will send the appropriate message to the contacts in your circle with just one tap!
Watch Over Me
Watch Over Me  (free, iOS and Android and $4 per month for a premium subscription) is unique because an emergency alert can be activated by shaking your phone. The app will ring an alarm, take a video of what's going on, and send your location to close family and friends.
3 Life-Saving Apps Every Single Girl Needs
In honor of the romantically frustrated Mindy Lahiri of The Mindy Project, we've picked the apps every single girl needs on her phone. These downloads will rescue you from sketchy situations, save you time, and steer you clear of dating disaster. Honestly, these apps could lend a digital helping hand to every busy woman — even the ones in relationships! Check out this episode of The Sync Up  for more.
- Circle of 6  (free, iOS and Android)
- Postmates  (free, iOS and Android)
- Lulu  (free, iOS and Android)