Joining the Citizen safety network will give you instant access to information about crimes near you. The Citizen technology will send you real-time push notifications to alert you of crimes that are close by. Users write to us every day telling us how Citizen is changing how they engage with their neighborhoods. Citizen notifications have prompted users to evacuate burning buildings, deter school buses from departing a school during a nearby terrorist attack, or even rescue their neighbor’s baby locked in a hot car.

You may receive a notification of a crime in progress before the police have responded. This app is meant to keep you safe and protect you. Please use Citizen responsibly.

Real-time Alerts: Location-based notifications help you avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Live Video: Go live from the scene or watch an incident unfold from different angles.

Incident Details: Receive continuous updates on incidents and chat with other Citizen users.

What’s New

Version 0.927.0

We fixed an issue causing the app to occasionally crash while loading an incident.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19.4K Ratings
19.4K Ratings
Dude0u812 ,

Cute idea for the paranoid 2000s

In many ways this is a clever app. Nice graphics, pretty well laid out and it does notify on seemingly random events in random areas. It does this with a startling alert that isn’t configurable, so it jumps your adrenaline to the roof to let you know that 7 miles away from you a hobo yelled at someone pestering them.

Basically I leave it installed hoping they will tone it down and eventually get more granular and give better options for alerts. Let ME pick the sound, let me choose the areas I’m interested in and the “level” of attention I should give it (I.e. gang of people shooting up the neighborhood vs. a person fell on sidewalk). Maybe an alert for the area like Tsunami or nuclear warning. Or for real crime- an alert for someone kicking out tenants so they can list their home as a hotel on AirBnB.

Right now it’s a blunt tool with the associated problems of being a blunt tool. Some good crime voyeurism to be had for sure, but without much relevance to people’s day-to-day it will eventually fade away.

Brook linn ,

I love this app!

Although it’s frightening to realize the level of crime occurring around the city, I love knowing what’s happening in real time. I’ve avoided a train route where a suspect was alleged to have run. Citizens app keeps me from failing into a state of being to comfortable with my telephone on the outside. I would definitely say it keeps me aware of my surroundings. Additionally, the local news has been using videos captured on the citizens app for their news reports because a citizen with citizens app will always be there before the news van. I especially like the ability to input various neighborhoods and areas to stay informed of my parents, husband and daughters areas as well.

Karen in Gotham ,

Some “Update”

I really liked Citizen until last week’s update—you know, the one that promised it would play better with the battery. Shortly after the update installed, and despite light usage phone usage, the battery began to drain at an alarming rate. Checking battery usage, I learned that Citizen was the culprit, consuming , on average, ~70+% of my charge. The problem persisted despite logging out and was only resolved when I, reluctantly, deleted it.

Your bad, Citizen. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

ETA: Meghan, you’re as good as your word. My iPhone battery performance is back to normal and the rating is being boosted accordingly. Thanks for being so responsive!

Developer Response ,

Hi Karen, I'm so glad to hear that! Please let me know if you ever have other questions or feedback about using Citizen. You can reach out to me directly at Thanks again for being a part of our community! -Meghan, Citizen Team


sp0n, Inc.
81.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2018 sp0n Inc.


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