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The Citizen crime app hasn’t made me safer – just more scared | Emma Brockes

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It claims to help New Yorkers ‘stay safe and informed’. But its constant updates play on our worst rubbernecking instinctsOn the second day of the new year, I awoke to the news that a man had been assaulted on 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, and there had been a fist fight on the east side of Central Park. The previous day, the morning update featured an overnight fight at a Burger King in Hell’s Kitchen, possibly involving an ice pick, and an assault involving a knife 10 blocks south of my apartment. In both cases the news, which was reported to some 4,000 people in the vicinity with the
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