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.
• We updated maps throughout the app to improve speed and accessibility.
• Occasionally, some incidents would open automatically upon opening the app. No longer.
• Some previously seen in-app notifications would be displayed when opening the app. Not anymore.
• Chat messages would sometimes post twice. Consider that a thing of the past.
• Other smaller bug fixes and performance improvements to help you Protect the World.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for being a part of our community! -Meghan, Citizen Team
Citizen is useful to have in order to be informed. At times i am home and i hear the sirens going outside and i really don’t have to wonder what is going on in the neighborhood because it comes up. Citizen is also practical to know what streets are more dangerous or what crimes are taking place in your area. Also they can be ahead of the news since the members of citizens record whats going on at the scene you get a closer view. My only complaint is that when i open the app when i am outside my home it doesn’t work, but that might not be Citizen’s direct fault but that of my internet connection. I have told others about it... it is a great app to download. And its free!
- sp0n, Inc.
- 101.6 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2018 sp0n Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.