Citizen: Local Safety Alerts 12+

Live news updates & protection

sp0n, Inc.

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


The most powerful safety app for today’s world. Download Citizen to feel safer at home or out. Get real-time safety alerts and live video of incidents happening near you, updates on natural disasters or protests, and know if your loved ones are near a dangerous incident. Plus, 24/7 access to a trained Protect Agent who can help whenever you feel unsafe.

Citizen notifications have urged people to evacuate burning buildings, deterred school buses from nearby terrorist attacks and have even led to a rescue of a 1-year-old from a stolen car. Citizen may notify you of a crime in progress before the police have responded. It's meant to protect you and your community — please use it responsibly.

NEW! 24/7 access to a trained Protect Agent who can discreetly help, silently monitor your live location and audio, alert other users, call 911, monitor heart rate through your apple watch and more. No situation too big or small.

See friends on your Safety Map: Know their safety status at a glance and find out if (and when) they are near a dangerous incident in real-time. You can turn on Ghost Mode to keep your location private at any time.

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

Live Breaking Video: Watch live video of an incident unfold from different angles or broadcast live from the scene.

Keep Your Community Safe: Report incidents right when they happen to protect the people around you

In case of emergencies, Citizen also offers the Protect subscription to help protect you and your loved ones. You can read the Terms of Use here:

What’s New

Version 0.1126.0

Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
352.5K Ratings

352.5K Ratings

MMorgan99 ,

Like a lot!

I absolutely love this app. I think it’s a genius idea! I can’t imagine that amount of work and details that goes into creating something like this. However I think there are still many improvements and changes that can and should be made. Personally some ideas and things I notice right away that could be changed:
- customizable notifications, for example option to set a miles scale radius of where you want to be notified, specific types of incidents you do and don’t want notifications for, being able to choose notification alert sounds for different incidents
- importantly, it’d be helpful and interesting if there were more details and updates given for these situations. I see a lot of people in the comments saying this as well, one small example is parents asking if the “man with a gun” is actually happening and wanting details because it’s near a school that’s about to end for the day and never getting an answer
- a section available at the bottom bar where you can set up a list of saved customized addresses/cities/locations that you want to more easily check on
- could add at the bottom of the incident links to other sources like news articles

There are all kinds of new features and changes to existing features that could make this app better. This app is genius and I can see it becoming much more known and widely used in the future! Continued improving will ensure that too.

riversandrhoades ,

Less useful than it should be

I liked that if I heard sirens I could open up the app to see what was going on. However, recently the app has been updated to basically reduce the amount of local information that’s brought to users. Before the update, I could scroll through a long list of incidents in the area and see dozens of dots throughout my community. Now I only see a handful of incidents in my local area. There is a long list of trending incidents such as… a mudslide in Beverly Hills? An incident in the Bronx? Both of which are several hundred miles away from me?? I don’t understand why the list of “trending incidents” from cities that aren’t even remotely close to my own is longer than the list of incidents in my own city, or why I can even see those incidents in the first place. If I was connected to people who live in those cities, maybe that would make sense, but I don’t really care about a two-vehicle collision that happened on an interstate in Chicago. If it’s significant enough, I’ll see it in the news.

If they change the app back to the way it was, it would be really helpful if there was a way to sort the list of incidents, such as by most recent or by proximity. The list of incidents didn’t seem to be in any particular order and you’d have to comb through them to find what was happening in the last few minutes versus incidents that occurred several hours ago.

AgilisOne ,

Dangerous and not to be trusted

I just installed this app about 30 mins ago and was immediately confronted with subscribing to Citizen’s premium service. It was then suggested that I allow access to my contacts so that I could add my Emergency contacts, which meant I would be sending invites to join Citizen to each contact I would add (given they do not already use Citizen). Last but not least, I was warned that I need to enable & allow the app to always allow access to my phone’s location. I then decided to look around and saw that there was no notification 
fence to limit a certain area of interest, for example 1.4 mile radius. I closed the app & when I later opened it, I was again met with being asked to subscribe to the premium service. It was then I did a web search on the legitimacy of this app & though this app is legitimate, it is not officially supported by official sources & notifications are driven by employees of Citizen listening & combing through police scanners, as well as crowd-sourced. This is troubling for me b/c without official support, there is a potential for false alerts b/c of the lack of oversight (verification) which in turn is extremely dangerous in today’s society. I will not be using this app for this reason in addition to the constant push for the premium service. Until this app is officially supported I cannot recommend this app.

App Privacy

The developer, sp0n, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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