""If you have this, then what's the point of the police?"
An app allowing anybody to hire a personal bodyguard will be launched in China.
The BBC reports that the Jinyiwei app will launch in Qingdao in September. Providing an “Uber-like” service, the app connects individuals and companies with 50,000 staff from 47 security companies.
Anyone who feels unsafe or are concerned with transporting valuables will benefit from the app, according to Qingdao News.
Users will be able to see the availability of bodyguards across the city in real time.
China Daily says the price range for the service is expected to be between 70 and 200 yuan per hour.
One of the app’s developers, Li Shangshang, said the the bodyguards are former military personnel who are required to present their ID cards and military discharge certificates. Failure to do so will prevent them from qualifying for the app.
“They have also been required to take manners and etiquette training classes, and must wear a uniform at work,” he added.
Bodyguards of the services can cooperate with police too in the event of violence.
On Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo, many have described the app as a “good idea”. However, some suggest the app may be used by single women desperately seeking a partner.
One user said “If you have this, then what’s the point of the police?”