(Automobile Association)
  • The Automobile Association now offers an armed security service via its app.
  • The AA partnered with security firms, whih will dispatch the closest security officer when you feel unsafe.
  • The service costs R25 a month for members, and R35 for non-members.
  • You don't have to own to a car, but you need a smartphone.
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The Automobile Association has launched a personal armed security service as part of its AA Rescue Me app.

“If you are unsafe and you tap the AA Armed Response button, we will send armed response to your location,” the company says.

The AA has partnered with more than 160 security firms, and the closest service provider to you will be called out.

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“You can use AA Armed Response whether you are in your car, going for a walk, on a run, riding a bicycle, or even when you are in a shopping centre.”

The company says that the new service can also be used in case of domestic violence.

The AA Armed Response service is available to everyone, not only for car owners. You need a smartphone, though.

AA Armed Response is available for R25 per month for AA Members (or R300 per annum). For non-members, it costs R35 per month or R420 per annum. There are special deals for dependents.

Spokesperson Layton Beard says there is an obvious need in the South African market for personal security, especially at a "super affordable" price. 

A number of South African companies have launched app-based emergency response services, including Uber - which now has an in-app panic button.

South African emergency safety app Namola has also garnered thousands of subscribers. The app allows users to request assistance from call centre agents who will then, on your behalf, contact public emergency services, such as the South African Police Service (SAPS), local metro police, or fire or ambulances service 

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