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1. Posted by mat44 (Full Member 58 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What are the most crime stricken cities of the US. Im talking major cities like New York, LA, Chicago... These are three cities that i am considering looking at but i would like to know how safe i am walking around certain streets at day or night.

Ive herd the back streets of New York are packed over and over with drug dealings and robberies. Please help me out

2. Posted by Bwaybaby10 (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh Matt, the USA cities all have some crime and some neighborhoods are safer than others, but just be smart, and try not to get lost in the ghetto in the middle of the night.

I live in Chicago, a lovely city with lots to do and see. I have NEVER had any problems with feeling unsafe. I tend to stick to the city center and the north side for my evening activities, just because there is more to do and there are more people around (safety in numbers you know).

My best friend lives in Manhattan, and, again, stick to the well-lit popular areas and don't do dumb things like flashing around your money and you should be fine.

If you have travelled at all or spent time in cities at all, you probably already have the instincts that will keep you safe.

3. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i wouldent worry about it too much the us is pretty safe even in major cities. keep your head up, like anywhere in the world if you dont go looking for trouble you wont come across it. dont worry about guns either i lived in the us most of my life and never had a problem

4. Posted by gypsygenes (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Where are you coming from? Are you traveling alone?

America does have urban crime. Urban sensibilities are different than suburban or rural. If you are from an urban environ, you probably have some "street smarts" already. Comparing your familiar environ with these areas would be most helpful. I would also think that your gender might influence some of these issues. I am not assuming that Mat=male here.

Daytime is usually not a problem. You may have homeless approach you, but it is usually safe- they are just seeking money and are not going to hurt you (unless they look amped on something).

I am in L.A., but I grew up in Detriot (rough) and Phoenix (soft). I am female, and I would not walk around most parts of Detroit or L.A. alone at night. I live in one of the most safe areas in L.A., and yet being "actively alert" in the latter part of the night is always wise.

I used to walk in Phoenix alone at night, before 10. I notice that things change at 10 pm, then again after midnight and so on. The later, the weirder. Probably more alcohol and such floating around. Weekends are crazier than weeknights.

New York has changed a lot since 9/11 and a recent trip there yielded the impression that people are more helpful now than they have ever been. But again, safety in numbers.

I have been to Chicago too, and apart from certain sections, I would go with friends after sundown.

I was suprised with the lack of crime from about 6 years ago in Boston. I asked a taxi driver and he said that the mayor had been really tough on crime.

If you are traveling alone, maybe you can use taxis at night and avoid being out there by yourself. You might look into hostels where people are keen to get to know others and allow others to hang out with them.

Let us know what you end up doing!!!

5. Posted by mat44 (Full Member 58 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Where are you coming from? Are you traveling alone?

Im from Sydney and my brother is coming along with me

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Given that you come from Sydney, you should be fine in the cities you have mentioned. Most of the interesting tourist spots are in safe areas, so if you just take reasonable precautions against petty crime (pickpockets or typical tourist scams), you shouldn't have a problem.

I have been musing on the topic recently of the safety of US cities. Given some of the places that I have travelled to with no issues (Bolivia, Russia, China, Tanzania), I realized that I had a out of proportion fear of US cities. This came to me when I was concerned about taking the train of Newark, NJ, which has a very bad reputation. I wanted to leave my car overnight, but was concerned about if I would return to it being stripped.

However, Newark is quite a nice little city. Sure, there are homeless people on the street, but so it is in my hometown. My car was safe overnight.


7. Posted by gypsygenes (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I think that 2 blokes from Sydney will be okay, you should plan on having fun! One of my dear mates is from Sydney and it is as continental and urban as all US cities. You probably have many of the skills you need to do well here. Stay together in the later evening hours, use normal travel and city precautions. Use the same criterea you'd use at home for figuring out who is okay and who you can trust.

I think you will have a splendid time! Let us know how it goes!


8. Posted by mat44 (Full Member 58 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah i suppose alot of it comes down to common sense. We have had alot of violence here with the cronulla riots and gang bashings at night time but i suppose if you stick to the more populated streets you should be fine.

I would really like to check out all of the US's major cities but it makes it very hard in one trip when youve got LA on the West coast and NY on the East coast but if i like what i see i will surely come back further down the track to have a look at what i cant see this time

9. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've heard that Detroit and New Orleans have the highest murder rates in the world after Johannesburg. Is this correct?

10. Posted by bryangrey (Budding Member 38 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't know the crime rates of US cities. I'm sure you can goggle it and find it quit easily. Did you ever think to visit Philadelphia or Boston? Two fabulous cities of old historical value. Philadelphia is the birthplace of Independence in this country, freedom, and invention. The museums are top notch (The Mutter Museum is great with all the genetic human oddities) cuisine is fabulous (Iron Chef Morimotto's restauant a must or any Steven Starr establishement) Liberty Bell, Edger Allan Poe House, Independence Hall etc... I don't live in Boston so I can't really name you things to do however there are plenty. New York is certainly a mind blowing place and really a must see, but at times can be overflowing with tourists. What you can do is take the train between NYC, Philly, Boston, or D.C. and pretty much get a wirlwind tour or our nations history, and hit a lot of the key places in the Northeast section of the country. But just remember one thing, the US is huge, and every city is unique and different just like any other country. The South, Midwest, and West Coast are all very different. Happy Trails...:)