Hollie Guard – Review

Meeting a stranger? Travelling at night? Let Hollie Guard be your protector.

  • Hollie Gazzard Trust
  • holliegazzard.org
  • Free
  • Compatibility: iOS 8.0 or later

The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up in honour of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard, who was murdered by her ex-partner in 2014. The organisation promotes personal safety and campaigns against domestic violence, knife crime and antisocial behaviour.

Hollie Guard turns your iPhone into a personal safety device. It runs on the iPad too, but the iPhone or iPod touch are its more natural homes. If you feel you’re in danger, you can shake your phone or tap the screen to generate an alert. Your location and audio/video evidence are automatically sent to your emergency contacts, who can take action to help you.


Three alert types – Personal, Stealth, and Deterrent – allow you to choose an alert setting appropriate to your specific needs. You can also set timers for meetings and travel, sending alerts at appropriate times after their duration.

The app is easy to use, and could be a real boon if you’re likely to be in a potentially dangerous situation. Just make sure you don’t rely on it so much you neglect your personal safety.

Hollie Guard
  • Overall


A useful app that could prove effective if you’re in a dangerous situation.

+ Versatile services
+ Use emergency contacts
+ Useful timers
– Don’t over-rely on it

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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