TODAY   |  March 15, 2013

Apps, gadgets to keep you safe on spring break

Kathleen Baty, the “Safety Chick,” shows TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb a few smartphone apps that will keep you safe if you run into trouble while on spring break, and shows how to be secure in your hotel room with a peephole cover and portable alarm.

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>> what's more importanthan no when everybody is packing their bags.

>> absolute.

>> ood to see u, kathleen.

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>> so don't do that.

>> let's talk about must-have ap. focolle kids ornyone going away. one othe first ones is called emgency-see.

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>> now allf these apps are great. buif your phone is not charged, and it happe a lot when you go overseas -

>> hello,hoda.

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>> tell us about if you'r worrd aut pping toms in your room.

>> we all remember the erin drews sue, right?

>> yes.

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>> well, a towel on your door. tape doesn't always stick.

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