• Category: News
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 0.912.0
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • Developer: sp0n, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
15,946 Ratings
$ 0

Citizen­ App

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. 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.


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Citizen­ app reviews

  • Confirmation code invalid 1/5

    By TNT718917
    Every code they send me it keeps saying invalid doesn’t make any sense I’m having issues moving past this step. Already makes me not want to download this app.
  • Can not sign up 1/5

    By Scarlac
    Claims that my number is invalid yet correctly sends me the codes. Refuses use of app without this authorization which really isn’t necessary to provide their service.
  • Better Start Moderating Comments... 1/5

    By LeddyF
    Update: you guys need to find a way to moderate comments. You have people buying/selling drugs in the comment section! I had my kids uninstall the app when I saw this happening. This should be a way to keep communities safer, not a facilitator helping people get their fix. I know that this was not the intended purpose for the app, but as you grow you need to make sure your app is being used legally. ———————————————————— An app like this is long overdue. The news doesn't cover everything that happens everywhere, so this is a MUST HAVE APP. My only problem is that there is no follow up to the alerts. It tells you shots were fired in your area and that the police are responding, but that's all. It doesn't say if there were arrests made, casualties, etc. Now that I know what's happening around me, I'd like to know there's something being done about it.
  • Houston request. 5/5

    By Megan17818
    Please make it available for the city of Houston!👍🏼
  • Invasive sign on flow wants email, phone, and location. Paranoia app! 2/5

    By Noah42
    Finally got through long sign up flow, only to read the “trending” scary titles of crime. In tiny low contrast at the bottom of each I can see they are all 20-30 miles away! Totally paranoia inducing, and ranked like an attempt at an engaging twitter feed. No thanks.
  • Great app 5/5

    By Allinone The Great
    Crime scenes, cops called for stupid shipt, and car crashes nearby lol. This app is hilarious lol
  • Citizen 4/5

    By Prek grama
    Update to my recent review. The developers sent me an email explaining how to narrow down the recent incidents to my my location. You just tap the little compass-looking circle on the map. Voila! Thanks guys, it‘s much more useful now.
  • Doesn’t work without WiFi 1/5

    By omgitsjess
    App doesn’t work unless I’m on WiFi - doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having it?
  • Good app 5/5

    By Sandman+95
    This app is useful but I want to know what crimes are going on where I live and around the US. all and all great app
  • EXPAND 3/5

    By smokepurpl
    i live in frisco texas (dallas) and i got this app to see whats going on and IT ISNT EVEN HERE!!! this a growing town and i really want you to move it here thanks seems cool though
  • Issues issues issues.... 1/5

    By IM Toast
    The “set password” tab does not work and I almost punctured my iPhone screen trying to get the silly thing to take me to the next step. It needs to have the name of neighborhood or borough next to the address in each alert. Only the biggest crime junkies or seasoned TV assignment editor can determine where the more obscure addresses are.
  • Really?! 1/5

    By Gavonia
    I’ve been waiting for MONTHS for my area to be covered and I keep updating the app and waiting but nothing happens.
  • Not accurate 1/5

    By lorettababieexo
    Got an email, citizen was available in my area, re downloaded the app and it says it’s not available
  • I’m not getting the code to my phone 4/5

    I downloaded the app and put in my number but the code is not coming to my phone. I been trying for two days now. Can someone help me. Thank you
  • Hurry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1/5

    By DestinyFaithBrister
    My town has had a lot of bad things that have been going on so it would be really helpful if you expand the app too Batesville Arkansas please before it is too late!!!!!!
  • Expand! 5/5

    By Lot legend
    This needs to be brought to Chicago. Even tho alerts will be going off every 5 seconds, we need this!
  • A+ 5/5

    By carmela soprano
    Very helpful! Definitely would recommend for anybody who wants to stay in the know
  • Needs to expand 1/5

    By Maddie❤️Niall
    I live in New Jersey and would like to know situations that happen near me, to make me feel safe tooo
  • App Spreads Unreliable and False Information 1/5

    By SilverMinxy
    I believe this app reports fake information and is utterly useless. I have called 911 for three separate emergency instances that have occurred on my street in the last month. For each one, the police and/or paramedics responded to my call. Not one has been reported by the app. Additionally, the app reported a robbery at the address for my local dry cleaner. I stopped by a few minutes later to pick up my dry cleaning and asked the shopkeeper about it. She had no idea what I was talking about! There had been no robbery at her shop, and she had not called the police. At other times I have received live alerts for supposed police activity right where I am located, yet there have been no police nearby and no commotion. Finally, I believe non-English speakers or bots are creating these alerts because they are very strangely worded. For example, I regularly see alerts that say things like, “Woman Acting Violently”. As a result, I find the app utterly useless.
  • What!? 2/5

    By ShaneRoc
    Now you’re going to censor the broadcast? I’m out. ✌🏽
  • Something's wrong 1/5

    By Homer Clarkel
    I downloaded the app and it won't send me the code to verify my number why use phone numbers in the first place there should be a option for email make it happen
  • best way to find a weed dealer 2018 5/5

    By shitdinner
  • Welllll...disappointed 1/5

    By tiffany13_
    What’s the point of having such a good app with limited locations. I live in New Jersey and you don’t even have us listed. Just NY and San Fran. Should have gotten more areas before releasing.
  • Chicago 1/5

    By Judge1971
    Have the app but nothing on Chicago any idea when you will cover the Chicago area?
  • phone number 1/5

    By drzooyork
    it wouldn’t accept my US phone number. i would enter it and it says to enter a US phone number. i am 100% sure my phone number is in the US
  • During signup, the message explaining the need for my phone # disappears almost immediately 2/5

    By Thank you, Drive thru
    Could I get more than half a second to read why my phone number is needed? I deleted and reinstalled and still couldn’t read it...
  • More than just NY and SF? 5/5

    By Ksbsjsjsns102827
    I don’t liv in these areas and I’d like to see what is going on around me where I live. Any plans on adding more than just New York and San Francisco?
  • Texas 5/5

    By non yo bees
    Please can you get the app to work in Texas because a lot is happening here and I don’t feel safe so I need this app to work here please
  • How can we help? 5/5

    By #savethechildren
    A lot of people in my local community love the idea of this app, but we’re not in the areas where it works. Is there anyway we could assist to speed the process up to get this in the Baltimore/dc area?
  • Sleazy app won’t open without demanding your phone number 1/5

    By Idonthaveanickname1111
    Knowing your phone number is not necessary to provide alerts — and when combined with the fact that this app tracks your location 24/7, that’s a HUGE privacy violation. Sketchy!
  • HOUSTON 5/5

    By Love it so...
    I love this app and the idea behind it but I live in Houston and I think everyone in Houston would love this app, please expand to Houston <3
  • Won't load after most recent update 2/5

    By Clock watcher5
    I really liked it until when I did the last update on April 18th. Now it won't even load. Very disappointing. Guess I'll just have to delete it and find something else.
  • I need more!! 3/5

    By Ridnfijdnwkskfn
    I live in Long Island and I would like to know what is happening in my city, not just NY!
  • Expand 2/5

    By dmchhc
    Please expand to Connecticut areas. This would be a great app if it was in my area.
  • Open it up 1/5

    By Naniwalk
    Needs to open up to different places
  • Weird App 3/5

    By mr.900
    It’d be cool if the app gave updates or a link to a news article about the incident it reported on (if one was available of course)
  • Needs Philadelphia 5/5

    By a246..
    Philadelphia please.
  • Bad for cops, parents, and journalists 1/5

    By adambalhet
    Bad for cops. The public don’t need to know what the cops are doing, where the bad guys are and what their next move is Bad for parents: You don’t want your kids running to crime scenes Bad for video journalists: Because citizen will give free video to the news stations and the freelance video journalist loses out.
  • Stolen 1/5

    By Trip636
    It’s a great app that was also stolen from me.. I guess that’s just the way Things go when they take advantage of the disadvantaged whom are ignorant to the appropriate processes of protecting your ideas etc. it’s all good because this has caused me to learn by force...
  • Horrible idea 1/5

    By Env33bee
    so now people who commit crimes know when the police are called and where and if they are being searched for? How is this a good idea?
  • Great and informative app. Hope the expand. One gripe 3/5

    By BCap
    I find it annoying and presumptive of the developers to leave a giant white bar across the top of the map nagging me to set my location to “always allow”. I do have any app set to that. Nor would I want one to be. It is offensive and rude that it needs to he dismissed ever time I open the app.
  • Expand your coverage 2/5

    By Not a ostrich
    I downloaded the app to get notifications of emergency events in my area. Unfortunately the app doesn’t cover my area, so I basically wasted my time. You don’t know where it covers until you put your zip code in. Very disappointed.
  • Nope 1/5

    By Hmntthm
    Couldn’t even get past the log in screen. They take my email and the app crashes.
  • Better Before 2/5

    By julie212121732
    Before the last update, this app would only alert me about things happening near where I was. Now I get alerts from all over New York City, and it's been degraded to just background noise. I've looked within the app to see if there is a setting to prevent this from happening, but didn't find one. It seems like this is becoming more of an app for people who want to watch footage of horrific things happening, instead of one for people who just want the chance to avoid a dangerous situation. It's a shame. I really used to like this app, and now I'm close to making the decision to just delete it.
  • Great concept. Falls short of great potential 2/5

    By samrecord
    This app could be huge. It could be a bedrock upon which to build very strong hyperlocal communities. Hyperlocal social networks if you will. Apps like nextdoor attempt this but they offer to do so much that it becomes lost in ads and spam so I Disconnected from that network. Citizen is potentially great because everyone cares deeply about crime in their immediate neighborhood. Sure, some people care a lot about all the crime happening in their entire city and want to know if 5 miles away there was an armed burglary - but this is dilutive. A lot of people just won’t care about such a geographical spread. So again, I emphasize this point: EVERYONE cares deeply about crime in THEIR IMMEDIATE neighborhood. And by immediate neighborhood I mean from a few blocks radius up to a quarter mile radius at most in a typical city. And therein lies Citizen’s greatest weakness and missed opportunity: it is poorly optimized for this hyper locality. Instead, it’s default setting is of a crime review of One’s entire city. The notifications pop up for locations distant and less important, like a shooting 10 miles away. Meanwhile, I miss notifications on the fire that happened two blocks away that is more meaningful to me. Even a package deliver stolen off of someone’s porch three houses away would be 100x more valuable info to me than a murder 10 miles away. Once you get hyperlocality going, more neighbors would participate. With more participate, more dialogue, more helpful submissions. I care less to help my fellow New Yorker 10 miles away than my neighbors around me with relevant information. It’s not that I don’t care at all, just much less. If hyperlocality could be achieved, a true vibrant social network and platform could be created, one that I would fully engage and participate in. But alas this app is not that. While you can zoom in and see what’s going on near you manually, the app itself from landing screen to notifications etc are all optimized for entire city experience. Its not personal or intimate at all but just another big anatomous social network platform aspirant. They have got one half the equation right: people care deeply about the crime around them. But they got the definition of “around them” all wrong. So long as they stay macro-local, this app offers minimal value and I will be deleting it. Hopefully one day a developer gets it right and creates a true hyper local crime app optimized from the start to connect only those you say hello to in the mornings and evenings.
  • Well put together app 5/5

    By Seattlefrost7
    This app is very well put together and actually something similar to what DC Police use, but it’s only available for NYC and SF. I’d like to see more cities like DC, LA, Detroit, Chicago, or Seattle.
  • No citizen service don’t get alerts 2/5

    By Ginabeana7777
    I don’t get any alerts on Staten Island. I’m Brooklyn they are always piping up where ever I am.
  • If NYC & SF are the whole world... 2/5

    By luxmac
    I can’t find in the your App Store posting that this only works in New York City and San Francisco. Downloaded it. Didn’t like your privacy policy for having to give up my phone number. Eeesh. Went back to read the reviews. Saw the profound limitations and deleted app. Let us know when your world includes ours.
  • Irrelevant events and startling noises 1/5

    By Evesleaves
    Thanks, but I’d rather not have startling, ominous-sounding notifications telling me that there’s been an irrelevant event 7 miles away. And if I can’t have notifications, what’s the point?
  • Would love to be able to use this app 3/5

    By meixellent
    Great idea, but it tells me it’s not available in San Francisco, even though my friends that have it get all kinds of San Francisco. Seems like they have some backend stuff to work out still. Edit: After four or so tries I got it to actually allow me to sign up. The “Continue” button in the process was constantly grayed out, so force quitting the app and trying a few more times finally worked. Now that I can use the app, it’s pretty useful but the download/signup process definitely needs more dev attention.

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