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Citizen, an app offering real-time alerts about crime and other emergencies to users in a given area, launched in Baltimore on Wednesday.

“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.”

— Citizen (@CitizenApp) February 13, 2019

It’s the third city where the company is deploying the app and standing up a local team, along with New York and San Francisco. News of the expansion was first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

According to the company, the app offers instant alerts of nearby 911 emergencies, and also allows a user to livestream from an incident — once they’re safe. Incidents and alerts are generated only if a first responder is dispatched, a spokesperson said. It also shows maps to provide locations of recent incidents.

Read more about the app’s arrival in Baltimore–including former Democratic gubernatorial nominee and venture capitalist Ben Jealous’ role in bringing it here–over at

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.