Citizen: Local Safety Alerts App Reviews

Citizen: Local Safety Alerts [News] App Description & Overview

What is citizen: local safety alerts app? 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: https://citizen.com/privacy/protect-supplemental-tos

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Citizen: Local Safety Alerts Version 0.1115.010 November 2022

Bug fixes and performance improvements..

Citizen: Local Safety Alerts Comments & Reviews 2022

- Never Knew

This app right here a surly a snitch lol. It tells everything, well mostly. I get notifications as soon as I hear sirens....Helicopters... or Gunfire.. accidents 😢 it tells you the exact location... what’s going on... how many miles away of the incident. It shows you on a live satellite map exactly how far from your residence the incidence is as well as the address. I can even see if any family members that are linked in any city are near trouble. You can even hear actual police calls. I gave it 4 stars only because of the anxiety it’s caused me, I didn’t know so much was going on in my neighborhood. I guess looks are deceiving. This app will definitely let you know what’s going on.

- 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.

- Text messages alerts from users who are also on this is an app

I’ve recently installed this app on my phone and I’ve added some of my contacts who currently uses the citizen app. The issue I’m having is whenever those contacts text me I have absolutely no way to know that they text me unless I physically unlock my phone and check my text messages. There are absolutely no alerts at all to prompt me to check my phone whenever I receive a text message. I’ve contacted tech-support after trying everything within the app and on my phone to troubleshoot this issue myself. It is taking them over 12 days to simply answer my question as to why this is happening. Meanwhile, this has been happening for months now since installing this app on my phone and it is becoming a major inconvenience. I will give them a few days and if nothing has been resolved I will be deleting the app, contacting everyone whom I’ve added and shared this app with to let them know that I’m no longer using it. I could also go on and on about the types of notifications that I am receiving in conjunction to the area where I live and the privacy concerns. It’s just not worth the headache in my opinion, but this would make this review too long and the information contained within may not be red because it is so long.

- Beware

Beware of the “premium safety service”/“protect service” which is one quick click (with only a tiny “skip” in the top right corner) and seems like part of the set up process but actually is a $199 (!!!) charge if not cancelled after the 14 day free trial. I find it interesting that if you want to buy a $1 coffee using your phone you have to use Touch ID, or enter every single detail of your credit card, or some form of ridiculous, excessive verification, but they can basically deceive people into buying a $199 subscription with no verification. Not to mention the fact that Apple buries subscriptions within your phone, and the ability to cancel it, so users who aren’t familiar with iPhone minutiae won’t know how to terminate it. Or will have to deal with a huge headache of trying via Apple support. And let’s be honest they won’t refund it after the fact when you get the surprise charge from Apple on your statement and call to dispute it. Which is so messed up cause they clearly designed the set up to intentionally deceive! People are hurting right now and this is what companies that we rely on for Covid updates are doing to its users! And Apple allows it. Disgusting.

- Issues w/no support getting resolve

I signed up for this app over a year ago. Used it very often then all of a sudden, when trying to sign in , I kept receiving a message; retry over count. Tried a few more times, receiving same pop up message. Then received a message to try again in 24 hours. Waited until next evening, tried once again to sign in, same lock out. After 2 weeks of this issue, I emailed support. They told me to do same thing as previous pop up messages. Let them know, already had done exactly what had been suggested and had deleted app and downloaded again before contacting support so when they said to try deleting, had already tried. I decided to try it again, now that tech support was supposedly looking into my account and why this was occurring. Waiting 24 hours -48 hours and deleting app, then downloading again several times over a Month, NEVER heard from support again, I decided to rate & write this review. Such a shame to have a possible useful app tool But, what good is it, if you can’t get signed in and when asking Citizen Support to help correct/resolve bugs/issues and they don’t, well……..?!!😡

- 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.

- Time stamp on videos

I like the app but it would be more helpful if the videos were posted in chronological order or if they had time stamps. I was just following an important event in my neighborhood and I had a hard time figuring out if there were new developments and videos would have helped, especially because the updates being posted in real time were confusing and accurate. Since there is no time stamp on them (unless you select each video individually, select the user, then select the video again) it is impossible to determine if new ones have been added, so you have to keep scrolling through them. It’s very impractical when you have numerous videos to go through. Also, there should be better monitoring of the videos posted (some of them are completely useless). And there should be an age limit. Children should not be playing with this app. There was a five alarm fire tonight in my neighborhood and a young boy was playing reporter with his parents’ permission. Unacceptable and disrespectful. Other than that, it’s a very useful app.

- STOP THE GOD FORSAKEN TRUMPETS

Whyyyyyy is there no option to turn off these horribly obnoxious trumpets?? They are SO disruptive I had to silence ALL Citizen notifications. Look, I get it. The Citizen app can be a downer & they want to add positive news, but this is a total UX fail. I have pets, & I’m truly happy when a lost pet is found. But 1) I don’t use this app to feel good. I use it for helpful safety info. 2) Does my phone need a whole ROYAL announcement? Is the Queen here?? It’s not even a standard alert. Why? It’s jarring & obnoxious. And while it’s great that Citizen is being used to help locate lost pets, these aren’t helpful at all if I was never notified that the animal was missing. If I HAD been, fine. But it appears those only go out locally, so the “found” alerts just feel like a self-serving way for Citizen to go, “See?!? We aren’t always doom & gloom!” But, again, I don’t have this app to get the warm fuzzies. I want relevant, important info. I’ve been avoiding turning off the notifications for Citizen entirely, but I’m done. I’ve searched for ways to mute these specifically or change them to normal alerts. It’s too much.

- Need improvements

I like the app, but there are several things I find incredibly annoying. First, I just passed an incident but cannot figure out how to post it without video. I don’t want to, nor was I allowed to stand there and record a dozen police cars responding to reports of a home intruder, but I can’t find another way to post it. So the incident isn’t on the app and it doesn’t appear that it’s going to be. Second, I can’t filter out reports by a certain radius. I live in a decent size city, and a report of a house fire or dumpster fire 2.5 miles away from me means absolutely nothing. It’s just annoying. I get constant notifications and now it’s like the boy who cried wolf - I ignore every single one of them because 99% are so far away from me they don’t impact me at all. I’m definitely going to delete the app if they can’t sort that out, because now it’s just interrupting me while I’m at work or enjoying time out without giving me valuable information.

- Needs to be able to flip to landscape on a tablet, but great tool

I am working and building a GSOC for work, and while we don’t have the other tools set up, this is a great tool for finding out what’s going around near any of our 68 locations I have to track. My only grip, and its something hopefully the devs will consider is that when using this on a tablet with a keyboard to fill out a GSOC report, it does not flip to landscape. This is a massive 12.9 inch iPad Pro with a keyboard it isn’t convenient to have to take it and rotate it to use the app then back to fill out the report. Fix that and you have a great tool. I like having access to things quickly with pictures and videos. Someone said that a parade is not something that should be on here, I disagree it impacts my buildings greatly from coast to coast and I want to know about it and see it. So great app, great tool, make it rotate to landscape please!!!!

- Frustrated

I had no issues with this app until yesterday with a new update. I liked looking on the map and zooming in on my area to see what had occurred overnight or when we are heading home from outside the city, I could check which areas seemed to be having a concentration of incidents so I knew which route to take home. Now, the map is partially covered with descriptions of active incidents, which may not even be in my area. I liked being able to click on the incidents I wanted to know more about. Also, it is now only showing active alerts. I cannot zoom in to see past events. I’ve been all through Settings, but have not discovered a way to see past alerts. My city has a lot of crime, so I do have other ways of keeping track of things in my area, but Citizen was a great resource to find out more info (although, when my neighbor was murdered, it never showed up in Citizen). I wish this particular update didn’t happen. Not sure if I’ll be using the app much longer, as it is no longer giving me the info I need.

- Bring Back Useful Version Prior to Update!

This disappointing August 2022 update now only shows what is current in your immediate area within 24 hours. This is laborious and debilitating. For parents and more, the now removed longer-term incident indicators provided a welcome snapshot of where we were heading, of the area you're traveling through, or to, or where your children are, college areas, and neighborhoods. At a glance, it gave trends and history, and data. Now it tells me nothing but partial data often out of full context for my locale - subject to the time checked. This update has greatly lessened overall safety. It lulls a false sense of security and requires unreasonable time to put together a mental map for the user, as well as search comments and video updates on recent significant area incidents. If this does not change to not only include current information on my specific locale, but also the useful and more broad prior mapped history at a glance, my entire family will be deleting this app.

- The Old Version Was Way Better!!!

The new redesign for the Citizen app looks OK but there are a few issues that I have encountered: -The most annoying bug is when you close the Citizen app and re-launch it, it will not let you in but instead gives you an annoying pop up error alert that will not go away until you relaunch the app again! This bug has been happening more recently with the latest app update! Please fix this! - I missed the old version of Citizen where it would show the incidents in your area or a specific area from the past 7 days with grey dots, but now, an hour or two after an incident has been posted, it just disappears and you can no longer see those past incidents on the map…I see the reviews here and a lot of people like me miss this old feature! Please bring it back! - Another annoying issue with the new design is that like for instance if your looking at a location and it has multiple incidents very close to each other and you click on a dot, for some reason it will let you see another incident but not the incident you clicked on and that’s really annoying as well! I have been using Citizen for the past few years and it definitely has gotten better and more smaller cities like Newark, New Rochelle NY etc are now on here and it’s growing a lot, but it definitely gotten worse with its new design and issues it has, and the features they take away.

- Good Idea, Poor Execution

Citizen REALLY needs to allow users to set a notification radius. For example, I don’t need to be notified about an incident almost 30 miles away from me. I straight up don’t care about it. What I would care about though is everything within about a 1.5 mile radius. But I can’t do that. Because you don’t have that feature it actually carries a few negative impacts for the users. 1. I am complacent, the Citizen app gives me the perception that I am being spammed because I am notified multiple times per day about events that don’t and won’t impact me. 2. I don’t actually know how close something might be until I open the app. Whereas if I had a radius setting and was notified I would know to be alert right away. Potentially saving precious time. 3. Because I am getting notified of things 30 miles away or further, e.g. Washington D.C. Citizen ironically entirely fails to notify me of things within the zone I care about the most. 4. I am honestly getting tired of all these notifications that are ultimately meaningless to the original intent or advertised intent of the app. I have uninstalled the app because I am so tired of the constant spamming. It’s unfortunate because I really like and support the original intent. But if users don’t have control of their radius then it is ultimately useless. Once this is corrected I will gladly reinstall the app. I hope this finds the right hands, Paul Heinrich

- There should be text-based incident reporting

I work at a school. We had a lock down situation in which I didn't know what was happening - just that we were in lock down and could not leave our rooms. The incident happened right after final dismissal and I was alone in my classroom, with the lights out and trying to be absolutely silent. I wanted to report the incident on Citizen but I did not want to show live video or make any sound at all. I thought there would be some way to type an incident report but I couldn't see a way to do that on the app. Fortunately the situation turned out to be less dangerous than it could have been and the whole thing was over within 45 minutes, but it would have been great to submit a report to try to get some information about what was going on from the community. Generally the app is good, and the idea behind it is great, but you can't always shoot video or talk.

- Fun and informative.

UPDATE: The always-on location requirement has become even more intrusive (ie you can't use the app without allowing always-on location access). One star and deleted. ====== Woulda been a 5-star review but the app just started prompting for always-on location access EVERY time you open the app. Not cool. Annoying enough that I'm now considering deleting an app that I tend to check on a daily basis. EDIT: The developer was kind enough to respond to my review clarifying that they do indeed perform the action that I've claimed is intrusive and annoying. But it's ok because they promise to protect my privacy in the process. "Hi there, Citizen's mission has always been to keep people informed and protected by using technology responsibly. We ask that you enable your location settings so that Citizen can work in the background, even when you're not using the app, to send you real-time, sometimes life-saving crime and safety alerts. We understand some users are concerned about their privacy when sharing their location data. We can assure you that Citizen protects all user data by storing as little as necessary to run our safety network. We encrypt all data and connections. And we will never share or sell user data to third parties. If your settings aren't properly configured, you will see a reminder to update them. You can dismiss that modal to continue into the app, but it will appear again the next time you open Citizen."

- Update ruined this otherwise helpful app

Opened this app after the update and discovered there’s no map any longer to view incidents in my surrounding area (even with location shared & data on). I tried closing and reloading several times without any luck. There’s a video feed now instead, which isn’t helpful because it pushes videos randomly, they’re not organized by time posted or even location nearest to me. I also can’t view the incidents from a birds eye view. Another issue with the videos is if you select an incident to view more, the app automatically turns the phone volume all the way up (way too loud) — I keep my volume off for a reason! I don’t want to disturb others if I’m checking this app in public. An app should never automatically change your phones volume, it’s not only annoying, it feels like it’s violating how i choose to set up my device. I have an iphone 13 pro - still having issues. Please fix your app.

- Please allow the option to report/remove useless comments

While I have seen police/ambulance at the scene of several nearby reports, 95% of the comments I this app are useless. For example, a child was missing and to find more information, one would have to scroll through hundreds of comments criticizing the parents, people giving opinions on disciplinary actions that parents should take etc...none of those comments were relevant to the missing child. The app needs to figure out a way to allow other users to report a comment that’s useless and after X number of reports- those user accounts are banned. It is useful when comments are from people nearby who have witnessed something as to alert other people but this accounts for about 5% of the comments. They need to fix this or people who use the app for legitimate information will stop using the app.

- Decent enough

I haven’t used any other apps like this, so I can’t say much. However, it’s got a good ui and is easy to navigate. My main issue is that there’s a red bar at the bottom of the app screen telling me, no - insisting that I change my location settings for the app. It blocks the bottom of the map, and when I select an incident it blocks the little info card that pops up. I get it - you can’t warn me of danger if you don’t know where I am, of course. But it’s SUPER annoying not to be able to close that dialogue bar. My issue with keeping location limited to while using the app is not privacy related, it’s battery related. Location services chew up my battery life. If my phone dies, not only can’t the app warn me, but I can’t call for help either! Let us disable that dumb bar each time we open the app. I don’t mind being reminded, this is pushy though. Loses two stars for that.

- Wrong area constantly posted

I’ve commented in MANY of their posts they r posting the wrong area!!!! They post crime is happening right outside my place (stabbing a, shootings and stuff) and citizen says it’s happening right outside my place and miles away as well by saying it’s in a farther away neighborhood. It doesn’t seem like a big deal until I seen my neighbor send her 7yr old son outside to walk her dog right after a shooting happened and the police hadn’t found the suspect yet. I questioned her and she said the app said it happened in Woodlawn, which is no where near us so she let her child out thinking it was safe. I’ve even contacted citizen customer service to make aware and they told me to basically kick rocks and they are not bothering to fix anything. Just an FYI, my neighbor has been considering suing about it bc her child did end up caught around gunfire bc of the suspect and police fighting. Child is ok thankfully but the mother is livid. And citizen just doesn’t care 🤷🏼‍♀️

- Used to be great

It has just landslided downhill as it’s been updated. Even with location on all the time, I rarely get notified about incidents and there’s no way to full screen the map to see what’s around you. Plus the “zoom out” button makes no sense anymore. It used to just show you a wider area of your location. Now it just centers on seemingly random location and my location will be on the far right or far left of the screen. It also used seems it used to show everything that was going on around, no matter how big or small. Now it always has no reports, green. There can’t be absolutely NOTHING going on. When I first started using the app, there were reports all over at any point in time. Now it’s like the app picks and chooses what to show you. I’ve sort of forgotten about the app honestly. And it’s inching towards the list of apps to be removed for inactivity.

- Needs tweaking

Great concept. Two issues need to be addressed: 1) The developers need to enable “filtering of events” so that the map only shows events from the time frame the user designates. For example, you should be able to filter for events that have occurred in the past 24hrs. Or even events that have occurred over the past 2hrs. Or even a map that shows only events that have been reported within the past 30 minutes... 2) In baltimore we frequently get reports of carjackings etc that are 10 hrs off from the the time that it actually occured. The app states that “carjacking was reported on june 6” but does not report the time that the carjacking actually was called in to 911, or even the time that the victim states it occurred. Instead, it gives a time many hours later.

- This New Update is Horrible

I updated my app today and this new version did away with the mode where I could see news/incidents happening all over New York City (my city) and instead gave me “Citizen News,” showing me what’s going on around cities across the country. The truth is, I don’t care about other cities and it’s not why I downloaded this app. I care about what’s happening around my neighborhood and my city. It let’s me “follow” New York City, but instead of a videos page, all I get is a screen full of text telling me brief description. Citizen developers: you’d better give us the option of opting out of this national news and bringing back the NYC video screen of your incidents, or yours going to see people deleting the app. I’m now thinking about deleting the app because it doesn’t serve any purpose to me if it’s prioritizing other cities. Change it back!

- Listen to the suggestions by users

Citizen exists because of two principals, the incident (the informing and alerting of the public) and users updating/commenting, sharing and recording of that incident in real time. Both principals make the platform unique yet the developer doesn’t consider ideas, changes or updates offered by the users. An review by someone a year ago asked for the ability to filter the map by time ranges. Seems simple enough and surprising it was available from the beginning yet a year later it still can’t be done. The map is a cluttered mess and any tech who works on the app should see that. All we get is red colored dots for more serious, not necessarily the most recent and pertinent things happening. This is only one of a few updates that have been shared. So to the developer, listen to your users who know what changes would make for a better experience.

- A Great Idea Plagued by Toxic Social Media Features

In an attempt to get more screentime, Citizen has decided to have a TikTok scrolling feed, "good citizen spotlights", notifications such as "____ has joined", and options to go live. Why would you even need to go live on this app? Are you encouraging people to go to crime scenes for views? Citizen is a wonderful concept: a way to be completely aware of the emergencies in your environment and ways to stay informed without social media. Only, it WANTS to be a social media app. If it didn't, it wouldn't feature the things I've mentioned above. It's even more odd that these features are being added in a new age of questioning the addictive features that apps like Instagram and Facebook use. If it really wanted to simply be a tool to be informed, it could. It's worth noting that it seems as if reports are only in populated areas. I get a lot of notifications while I'm in LA, but when I'm back home, I don't get any notifications about the things around me (especially when there's helicopters and sirens around me, Citizen has no alerts to view what's going on). I really love the idea of this app and it's unfortunate that's it taking this route of social media nonsense. I hope that if I visit this app later on that it'll be better to its users.

- Great idea, but frustrating app

As this app has become more robust, it’s become more frustrating. There is no way to set a geo-fence radius, which means you receive miscellaneous crime notifications from parts of the city not even remotely close to you. I probably get at least a dozen notices a day or more, and rarely does one occur in an area that I’m concerned about. Way too chatty. I don’t understand their attempt at following neighbors and inviting people. I don’t understand how that is useful and not creepy. Comments on incidents aren’t moderated, so that can get pretty junky depending on the incident. I don’t know, this app delivered the most notifications on my phone, but rarely were they necessary to me. I’m basically removing it because it’s completely annoying. It cries wolf far too often, which is sad since it could be very useful if it could be customized.

- A must have community based support tool

I moved into Hollywood and in this new neighborhood nothing beat knowing what was going on and where so I’d know what places to avoid and when. Also, you know those helicopters overhead? It pretty much will be a give away to what that’s about most of the time. Today it went a step further when I learned you can post missing pets on the app. I was able to post a cat I found a home for who escaped his new home and it wasn’t my area! The agent was extremely kind and helpful in setting up the post and including photos. Hopefully he’ll be found safely but I’m just so grateful for this app. It’s above and beyond!

- Waaaaaaaaaay to many frivolous notifications

I live in a big city, awesome. I don’t need to know about a dog getting reunited with its owner 6 miles away across town( I got 4 separate notifications in one day about this). I get so many notifications from this app that are useless to me. Virus info, don’t care. National blah blah, don’t care. Citizen radio live now, don’t care. I just want to know what is happening around me, the reason we all downloaded the app. I tried to limit notifications and I still got the most random stuff. I turned off notifications over a month ago and tbh I totally forgot about the App. It’s like your pesky little brother that bugs you to prove it’s still there and useful. They just want to ramp up DAU and MAU so they spam your notifications. The sooner you shut the notifications off the better off you will be. The app had one purpose and it WAS good at it. Now it’s spiraling out of control.

- Coerces you into sharing precise location

Citizen is a great app to let you see what’s happening in your neighborhood, but I am always uncomfortable sharing my location data with it (or any app). I was delighted when Apple provided a way for me to use Citizen and only share my approximate location. The app however basically stops functioning if you limit location accuracy. Because of that lack of respect for my preferences, I’ve uninstalled it. Coercing me to change my preferences is not how you earn my trust, or make me feel safe. Update: After downloading again to see if things changed, I now see I’m confronted with dark patterns in the sign up flow that try to coerce you into buying their subscription product. Again, trying to trick users into mindlessly clicking the blue button is not how you build a community of trust, or create a customer base excited to support your business.

- Helpful, but Regularly Negative & Paranoia Inducing

This app is certainly helpful for crime info and being aware of what kind of commotion is happening throughout the city. Although- something that is obnoxious about this app is when notifications are sent out to all users of a city or nationwide, it’s regularly discouraging or negative information. I think I’ve seen maybe one or two positive information notifications. I could see this app fueling people’s paranoia or triggering fear on the regular for some. It’s not helpful when notifications regularly paint a grim picture of COVID-19 or constantly reporting upticks in COVID or crime in the area on a regular basis. I think Citizen needs to fix their information approach. Stay objective of course, but there needs to be a better approach with information reporting.

- Used to be great, but this newest shady tactic was the breaking point

I live in a major US city and used to use this app when I saw or heard activity nearby so I could get more info about what was happening while staying a healthy and safe distance away. I had it set to only track my location when I opened the app since that was when I needed it. Now when I try to open the app it shows me a fake alert about “four gunman” nearby and demands I change my settings to allow it to ALWAYS track my location even when the app is closed. It literally won’t let me use the app unless I do this. Well I won’t and I am uninstalling it and you shouldn’t install it in the first place. That is shady and a horrible tactless way to try and get me to give them my personal data. Given all the active shooter situations in the US in the past couple years, the fake alert is exploitative and low. Don’t use this app, don’t give them your data.

- Another leftist site

This app is pathetic and just another leftist joke. You’ll get censored and blocked for commenting or asking anything other then what they’re narrative is. Crime increases especially violent cannot be blamed on the LEFT who is solely responsible for the violent crime increase here in MPLS or blocked from all commenting so if you pay for this site then you’ll regret it and you’re much better off just staying on the free cuz it’s massively overpriced especially when they dictate what and what not you may say. This is nothing more then an extension of left wing propagandist “news” sources CNN and NPR. This hardly is a neutral platform. All news sources on here are feed for the sheep and absolutely nothing more. It’s value comes from actually showing the massive crime increase and daily shootings here in Mpls. Which are not shown on the msm or local media but your comments will be censored if you’re not one of the beta sheep.

- This is such a good app

At first when I saw a ad about this app I thought it was the type of app where it was lying and the app was a scam saw reviews about it decided to download it it sent me a notification about what just happen saying there a police helicopter not that far from here I look outside I actually see one wow. The app is amazing I suggest you download this app tap a 5 star rating on it. The thing about this app is that everything it tells you is true about what is happening around you it always tells you so then your prepared. But after all it is a good app. And make sure to give it a 5 star rating if you like it

- Hateful, Promotion of Violence & Racist Comments

The app is good for letting you know what is going on in your area but sometimes is delayed. But the low rating is for the complete immoderation of comments. There are always people spewing nasty slurs, threats and even praising the death of people. It’s a bit much to swallow. I usually go to the comments for a little more detail about different incidents that occurred near me but instead just see a total Wild Wild West of inappropriateness such as hateful speech, spam, promotion of violence generally and towards certain demographics, bullying and harassment. I’ve countlessly considered deleting the app as a trip to the comments is extremely draining and sometimes so hurtful that I have now just began to ignore alerts from the app. I really hope you all fix this. Especially all the ill will and violence spewed on the app about homeless people. I suggest comments be turned off.

- Dogs over human beings

You continuously post about missing dogs and people however there’s never a photo of the person but always a photo of the dog! I find this rather insulting as a person that actually cares about people and dogs! You have made me reevaluate my thought process and give it a value system…Never had that thought before until I dealt with this website or app! It’s partial to animals canines and the ones on the streets but you really don’t care about teenagers missing children missing elderly people missing with dementia and Alzheimer’s! If I had a chance to review on Google you guys would be really slammed! As I have 16 million Views and I am in the 5 percentile of Google reviews which kind of means there’s not too many people better than me when it comes to reviewing folks! You guys need to do better with people that’s it that’s all change it

- Love this

I’ve only had the app for one week but I am loving it already I was hoping for updates of what’s going on in my area whether it be a protest a fire or whatever else and I’ve already received plenty of that and in incredibly quick times. Plus it’s very interactive in that I was also able to see videos shortly after the incident started of what’s going on. For example there was a fire in my neighborhood a block away. I was notified of it and then a few minutes later I heard the fire engines. And then I was going to walk over to see what was going on and somebody was already posting a video of it. I cannot recommend this app more highly.

- Convenient

Good notification- heads up tool to have in a large city where so much can be happening and at any moment an event close enough where it could effect you. My only drawback with the is the comments section. Sometimes, in incidents close to you, you can get good info from someone who’s present or close by. But it’s not easy find because after about ten comments the times are all jumbled and out of chronological order. It can be really frustrating when there’s a potentially dangerous incident close enough to effect your well-being or just simply your travels. I’ve experienced the problem more than once. Hopefully they’ll fix the comments section asap.

- Useful

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!

- Way too thirsty with notifications

It’s a nice app to have for answering the question “I hear sirens, I wonder what’s going on?” and for COVID spread information. But beyond that, it’s way too alarmist and almost thirsty for your attention. Is there really anything actionable for me to do for the vast majority of the notifications? No! What am I supposed to do, don a cape, call myself Super Citizen, and go fight evildoers? It’s ridiculous. Let me turn off notifications or reduce the frequency. I do not care if there is an “unconfirmed report of woman armed with hammer 2.3 miles away”. Confirm that and then send me a notification when she’s on my block. Until then, it feels like they just want your eyeballs on the app and to profit from fear-mongering by selling you their private security service.

- 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.

- Heard good things but...

Two stars: one is added for benefit of the doubt. I’ve heard good things about this app, it looks well designed. All the reports about requiring constant location services is inconvenient; I read and understand the developer’s intent, but there’s enough pushback that it seems they should design to make that a more fluent option, not just keep pushing constantly. However, I cannot imagine why they need me to have an account. I can conceive of no above-board reason for this, for the service they provide. I also read complaints that the app sent communications to everyone in a user’s contact list, which is, honestly, a crappy practice, regardless of intentions. It’s never the right thing to do. Unfortunately, when you take these together, while it’s easy to dismiss each individually as a clueless developer, when you put them all together they paint a very solid picture of data mining 101: collect all the location information to have data to sell; collect a phone number to have a solid ID field that data brokers can use to connect your data trove with other data (thus making your data valuable); spread to as many other users as possible. I’m going to look elsewhere.

- Good app but...

The app is honestly good, didn’t know how much stuff really happens in my relatively quiet neighborhood. My only complaint with the app is the amount of people who blame minorities for the any bad thing that happens on the app seriously. The alert could say “smoke in apartment” and in the comment section all you’ll see is people blaming it on black people Obama era laws. And also how we have a mayor who “loves black people” (they really use a more derogatory term for black people) and that’s why incidents are on the rise in New York City at least. I just wish the developers would take a harder stance against racist comments as it seems people are free to just call black people the N word and other minority groups derogatory terms and blame them all for any issue that’s happening in the city with no consequences at all.

- New update ruined a great app - bring back the old version

The new update is terrible. It really needs to be fixed. I used to use the app all the time and even livestream on occasion. Now I almost never use it after the recent update. The UI is horrible. Not user friendly at all. You can’t zoom out of a one mile radius of wherever you are... you have to manually scroll all over the map to see what is happening in the Bay Area. It takes forever to scroll all around the entire Bay Area outside the of the 1 mile circle. No point in even doing it... I want the old app version back where you can zoom out and look at the entire Bay Area and then zoom into one section or not zoom in. I don’t want to have to scroll all around the entire map and not be able to see the rest of the map. It needs to be fixed or I might as well delete the app. I know I’m not the only person.

- Weird on Covid

For a year and a half, they reported local stats of wherever you opened the app. Now, they quit updating it after Dec. 22. The reported R rate in the running total didn't match the rate in the quick overview, and even the historical rate would be "amended" back a few weeks whenever a new scare was out. I was tracking it in October when it got down to .72 locally, then all the headlines were shouting warnings, and then the *historical* ratings were amended to as high as 1.32 for dates that had preciously been under 1.0! Happened at least three different time periods, all connected to time periods when the official US state media was telling everyone the situation was dire. Also can contact trace. Other than that, can be a helpful app.

- The concept has potential, but causes anxiety

The app has potential to be very useful, but it is so basic in its use that it does more harm than good. It causes a lot of anxiety, especially people that already deal with anxiety without the app. It’s good to know what goes on around you, but a lot of the reports can be false or overstated, making it seem scarier than it is. I also wish there was a way to customize which notifications you receive. I only want to know about certain things, not every single reported case in my area. It’s constant all day long, so I had to turn the notifications off altogether. Debating deleting the app because it’s just not where it needs to be in regards to functionality.

- Blocked

I am very disappointed in this site. If you voice your opinion that citizen does not agree with they block you. People can make racist comments against whites, Italians and other nationalities and their comments stay on. People can make jokes about armed robberies and shootings and their comments stay on. I state a comment about where are our community leaders our mayor our DA about all the crime on crime shootings. Where is BLM where are the clergy. The people getting shot are someone’s child. I don’t see one protest. Nothing! But when a cop god for bid does something it’s all over the news. There are press releases. I’ve lived in south Philly for 62 years. Our city is a disgrace!!! Everyone has to be political correct. How about all the lives that are effected by these shootings robberies killings. Innocent people can get killed. Don’t those lives matter. It’s sickening!!

- Biased Operators

Admin is biased.... When it comes to the comment section, no room for humor. No room for opinions that differ from the leftist narrative. App is great for local and surrounding emergencies and safety notifications, but alerts news updates that are clearly left and liberal. Admins are clearly pro-scamdemic and pro-vaccine. Covid information is all false, filled with incorrect stats and numbers: making it a complete scare tactic to force people to get a vaccine they don’t need. This app has potential, but it’s sad that the admins are clearly one sided with their closed minded foolish bigotry and love for censorship. If you believe in helping the community, believe in truth, freedom of speech, and upholding safety, I recommend you get this app..... so you can study it; then create an app just like it without any pro-left biases. There will be a large crowd that will join your version instead of this one.

- Too many irrelevant notifications

As has been reported by many other users, this app now gives WAY too many notifications about incidents that are not close to me. I keep trying to get rid of them but nothing works. The only notification filters you are you able to turn on or off are COVID-19 alerts, helicopter overhead alerts, and weather alerts. I have turned off all of these and I'm still getting all kinds of notifications that are irrelevant to me. I hate the notifications about which of my contacts have joined Citizen, like I really do not care. This matters bc now I'm in the habit of just ignoring the notifications all together which defeats the purpose of this app. PLEASE DEVELOP A WAY FOR US TO BE ABLE TO FILTER NOTIFICATIONS BY LOCATION, maybe by zip codes! This is TOO much.

- Needs Moderation and Notification Customization

You can’t choose what kind of notifications you get, so even when there’s nothing going on you’ll get a “See what’s going on in your area!” banner. As someone who only wanted this for emergency notifications, it made me uninstall the app. The sheer amount of racist and sexist comments on many of these incidents is very off-putting. You’ll see stuff like “everyone is thinking it but no one will say it” or “let me guess, a black guy” plenty of stuff like that. This app can be cool and helpful for some, but if you live a major city you’ll be flooded with 1. Overall useless notifications (I disabled them at first but that defeats the purpose) or 2. A bunch of racist and sexist comments when you’re just trying to get more info.

- Grrrr

This app changes all the time, and it drives me nuts. To start, I miss when I could define the area that I’d like notifications for—now the app has selected a radius for me. But what makes me the most furious is that when there is an incident near me and I try to open the app for an update, I have been getting the advertisement for their Citizen Protect. Yes, it offers 30 days free…but I am not paying monthly to subscribe to a service run by plus who often get the details and locations of incidents wrong. So remove the advertisement!!! If we can’t easily access free content, then no one is going to purchase what you want us to. The best way to do that is to ensure your information is accurate and valuable—and inserting additional hurdles to receiving time-sensitive info isn’t the way to go about it. Can you not add an “opt-out” feature?

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The applications Citizen: Local Safety Alerts was published in the category News on 2016-02-24 and was developed by sp0n, Inc. [Developer ID: 1025059472]. This application file size is 154.03 MB. Citizen: Local Safety Alerts - News app posted on 2022-11-10 current version is 0.1115.0 and works well on IOS 14.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: com.sp0n.vigilante