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    Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    The other day, France released some travel advisories for their citizens considering US travel. One place was Richmond, Va, which I live about an hour away from. Of course, some of the locals were up in arms about this advisory. I personally think it sounds about right. Richmond, VA is crazy dangerous.

    To add, I also live close to other places the French named: DC and Maryland. I also happen to agree with them on those advisories too. These places all have very high crime rates.

    Curious if you would go to a place in the states that you knew to be dicey? I prefer not to go to DC, and there are certain parts of Richmond that I'd never even attempt to journey to. Would you go to these places anyway, even if you knew that it wasn't advisable?

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    Now that I have lived in the US I have a much better understanding with the way cities are laid out, and the idea that you can have a pretty dicey neighborhood a block away from a much nicer one. With that in mind, I would research but not worry too much.

    I visited DC two years ago, it was absolutely amazing, and felt extremely safe. But I wasn't anywhere near a bad neighborhood, and am not an obvious or oblivious tourist.

    The sad truth about most crime rate statistics (in the US at least) is that they are centered on poor communities and internally directed.

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    scariest places in usa

    If I were yellow press journalist I would list the United States as one of the most dangerous places to visit, same as they point their fire finger to other countries.

    But the true fact is that while in the United States are high crime indexes in some cities, this is just a small fraction of this whole territory, as in other countries is just the sames.

    Crime issues that happens in a given city have nothing to do with what is going in on in one thousand others, so i don't see an objective reasoning to avoid visiting the USA, nor other countries regardless what the yellow press says.

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    I have only ever been to California, and that is a pretty good state when it comes to crime in my opinion. At least I never had problems with that. I guess Los Angeles have some spots that are not as good, even Hollywood Boulevard is a little iffy. However, certain places in New York and cities like Detroit are known to be very dangerous and having high crime indexes.
    Even in cities with no crime there is danger, whereas you can live forever in a dangerous city and nothing might happen. It all depends on where you hang out, how careful you are, and of course, bad luck!

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    Most Scariest Places In USA

    Yes, I do, but it depends on how bad and dangerous the places are. I would try to stay away from places that consider the most dangerous places to live because I don't want to get myself involved with any kind of shooting or other crimes. I will not go to places where there are high crime, which I would do search to make sure they are not dangerous as well.

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    most dangerous city in america

    I think you would miss out on a lot unless you realize that every major urban city has "bad" areas. If you are going to travel you should do your diligence and learn where to stay and if going to the "city" know where and when to go. I grew up outside of Detroit and there are lovely areas to stay. There are also many things to do and see in the Ciry of Detroit and it would be a shame if people stayed away for that reason. Memphis is also listed as a dangerous city but there is so much to do and see. I am sure Paris and Rome have "bad areas".

    I live in Southern California and I know, despite what people may think in the travel brochures that Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego have very "bad areas" in the inner city, but people do not shy away from visiting. It's all about common sense and doing your homework.

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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    Hell no! I'm living in Mexico right now, and so far I've been a victim of organized crime. My car was stolen just last year at gunpoint! I recovered the car, but it had stainds of blood! So, there is no way I'd drive that again. I had to buy a very old car :P Sad part is I wasn't even in a zone known to be dangerous, I actually was a few blocks away from my place paying for something. I know in Mexico they have some of the highest crime rates, but if I was still living in the US... I'd never risk it. People often think that because they ventured somewhere dangerous and they were unharmed nothing bad will ever happen to then; wrong! I used to think that way until my bubble was burst :P I wasn't even in a dangerous zone.

    Thing is... we are living in a really tough era and we must be careful no matter where we go. Too much confidence is bad in this case, I admit I could have prevented this if I had been more careful, but I was too confident.

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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    Sometimes I wonder if these crime statistics are always accurate. The statistics will paint an area like a war zone and it's not always as bad as it's made out to be. And anywhere you go you need to be careful. I get concerned sometimes being in areas that are considered "safe" when I visit family because they get lazy and keep their doors unlocked and I'm constantly going behind them to lock doors and they look at me like I'm crazy lol. It's like you can't get too comfortable no matter where you are.
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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by MizzDeeDee View Post
    The other day, France released some travel advisories for their citizens considering US travel. One place was Richmond, Va, which I live about an hour away from. Of course, some of the locals were up in arms about this advisory. I personally think it sounds about right. Richmond, VA is crazy dangerous.

    To add, I also live close to other places the French named: DC and Maryland. I also happen to agree with them on those advisories too. These places all have very high crime rates.

    Curious if you would go to a place in the states that you knew to be dicey? I prefer not to go to DC, and there are certain parts of Richmond that I'd never even attempt to journey to. Would you go to these places anyway, even if you knew that it wasn't advisable?


    of course I have been scared at times in The US due to crime.

    When we lived in St Louis we were very close to a very serious couple of shootings.

    The scariest thing about american life is just about anybody has access to firearms.
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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    I think that in most cities there are always places to avoid. You just have to do a bit of research before you go there so you don't accidentally find yourself anywhere near the area, specially at night. If you know people that live there ask them for tips or your hotel concierge can also be helpful. And a friendly reminder, don't forget to consider your travel route when in that city. Sometimes we don't really plan to go to a dubious area but find ourselves there because we took a wrong bus or we have to change buses near there. Take alternate routes instead just to be safe.

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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    All countries have dodgy areas which you should avoid. Even then you're sure to encounter some shifty people but that's half the fun! Use common sense and be aware of your surroundings and what's going on, if it doesn't feel right then that's your bodies way of telling you to get out of there.

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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    Not really because i consider it a safe place and also understanding niagara falls ontario canada is one of those things that keeps it all reasonable and helpful to us. If you are scared of traveling in new areas then going through the right source would actually help you.

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    Re: Are you afraid of crime with certain locations in the US?

    No, I do not feel it ever, Cause i know this is a safe place and people just love to have some with it around the year. But yes sometimes it happens somewhere, But it is really not mean that is not safe, In fact, i just had enjoyed la to grand canyon tour and it was so much amazing time for me seriously.

 

 

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