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Crime Warning App Gains Popularity in US

Crime Warning App Gains Popularity in US

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 - 06:15
The Citizen crime warning app gains popularity in the US. (AFP)
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The crime warning app known as "Citizen" has arrived to Baltimore, the third American city to use it after New York and San Francisco.

Citizen, formerly known as Vigilante, is a crime-tracking app that offers geo-targeted alerts that notify users of dangers lurking nearby including carjacking and kidnappings, the German news agency reported.

According to the Tech Crunch website, the app pulls in public safety data, sifts it through its own editorial team and dispenses it out to relevant users based on their location.

Citizen’s founder and CEO Andrew Frame told The Baltimore Sun that Citizen is expanding to the city both because its team has connections there and due to Baltimore’s reputation for crime.

"Given the escalating crime and lack of public safety resources, Baltimore was a great place to try something new. Citizen can now help Baltimore residents in the way it has helped New York and San Francisco, with real-time notifications that let a user escape a burning building or rescue a four-year-old from an abductor," he said.

At the same time, Citizen also relies on collecting data and information from users who can add data and interact with the reports already available on the devices using the app.

However, users cannot create those reports or warn themselves, as all data should be analyzed and observed by Citizen's editorial team, before re-sending it in the form of warnings.

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