Where not to go in Baltimore

 

Who would’ve imagined that one of the most dangerous cities in the world could be found on US soil? Due to recent events, the police has issued a few warnings, letting people know what neighborhoods to stay away from, in case they have to travel to this part of the country. And because we think people should stay safe, we’ve compiled a list with some of the shadiest places where you could actually get hurt in this beautiful city.

 

Fairfield Area

Baltimore’s neighborhood can conjure up too many stereotypes to count them. This place has hipster areas, preppy streets, colleges where college kids thrive, and of course, dangerous ghettos.

And while the city itself consistently ranks as one of the best places to raise a family, this neighborhood is not all rainbows and sunshine, as it has a high crime rate, especially when compared with richer areas. Although it is a well-known fact that some neighborhoods aren’t as fabulous as others, this one stands out in the worst way, so avoid it if possible.

 

Monument Street Area

Experts have examined 54 of Baltimore’s most notable neighborhoods to find out the scariest places to live. And Monument Street Area didn’t quite measure up to Baltimore’s respectable reputation. Interestingly, experts also realized that perception is far worse than the actual rate of crime.

However, they suggested taking a taxi and not the bus while you are in this particular place. Also, avoid standing for too long in one place or looking suspicious. Police officers also think it might be a good idea to use credit cards instead of cash while visiting Baltimore. Oh, and try not to get into any fight!

Orangeville

This neighborhood has it all: high unemployment, low median income, a high population density, and drugs. No wonder it is perceived to be one of the worst places to buy a house in this city. It is thought to be the neighborhood with the ‘Worst Score’ rank when compared with other parts of Baltimore.

You should not intentionally set out to see the neighborhoods where the riots occurred a while ago, especially if you don’t want to find yourself in a patently lousy part of the city over the course of a weekend trip. This area also has frequent blackouts, so it might not be a bad idea to take a LED flashlight to help you find the right way in the dark.

 

Dundalk Cityside

Baltimore, once a bare piece of land, is the biggest city in Maryland and one of the largest in the US. Although there are now plenty of fun things to see and do in the city, you should be aware there are also warnings to heed, and dangers to quickly avoid to stay safe. And visiting Dundalk Cityside at night is one of them.

Realistically, you can’t really expect all the neighborhoods to be friendly and fantastic, but this area is the complete opposite of what you would expect a US neighborhood to be, so do not travel there all by yourself.

Greenmount East

During the day, the area is safe, especially in the popular tourist areas. If you really want to explore it, it is best to stick to the destinations around the harbor. Experts say the inner harbor is the best place to walk around and thoroughly explore while solo traveling.

At night, the main thing to keep in mind is not to use any outside ATMs, unless it is an emergency and they are well lit. Likewise, stay in highly populated areas, like a mall, unless you know there’s a policeman nearby. Don’t forget that crimes are committed in the downtown area at night time, including muggings and drug use.

 

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Northern Ireland

 

Northern Ireland remains one of the most fascinating places on earth with its beautiful castles, breathtaking landscapes, and tales of knights and princesses. There are also the famous leprechauns that might hide a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you shouldn’t hold your breath until finding one. But, even though it is considered a safe destination, Northern Ireland still comes with its dodgy places that should be avoided by tourists. Here are the top 5:

 

The main train stations in Belfast

Just like all other destinations in the world, the main train stations in these cities remain the places where you are most likely to lose your wallet or belongings. Keep in mind that train stations in Northern Ireland don’t have a special room where you can safely deposit your luggage, so you should carry it with you anywhere you go.

Stay away from pickpockets who will easily steal your dual screen portable DVD player, smartphone, wallet or laptop.

On the bright side, there are plenty of police officers and locals willing to help you find your way, so asking for help and directions shouldn’t be a problem, as long as you can understand the local accent.

 

 

Dodgy pubs after 10 p.m.

Irish people are known for their affinity to alcohol but don’t expect to run into trouble at each corner. Most pubs and restaurants are safe throughout the day and night, with some restrictions. If you’re a tourist, you should avoid the outskirts of the big cities like Belfast, as well as their bars.

A safer choice would be to stick to those in the old town or the center of the cities. These are usually frequented by police officers specifically to keep away troublemakers. However, you should be safe in almost all local pubs, cafes, and restaurants, as long as you mind your own business.

 

Shankill neighborhood in Belfast

Shankill is the name of both a region outside Dublin and a famous area in Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast. Both Shankill communities are known to be Catholic. The district in Belfast is also a center of loyalist paramilitaries, so you should pay more attention than in other places.

You should stick to neutral clothing and avoid any obvious displays of the Irish flag or the Union Jack to prevent conflicts. Although the neighborhood is safer now than it used to be twenty, thirty years ago, you should still be cautious.

 

 

The Falls

This region is separated by Shankill by the so-called “peace lines” which are tall walls with barbed wire. Before the ceasefire, it wasn’t a good idea to instigate one of the two parts of Belfast with religious or political signs.

Again, even though things changed in the past few decades and people seem to have finally put their differences away, it would be best to refrain from separatist or religious remarks.

You can easily recognize the neighborhood you are in by the graffiti on the walls. The Catholic neighborhoods (including Shankill) will have public displays of the IRA, INLA, and FTQ symbols, while the Protestant neighborhood (The Falls) will usually display the Union Jack flag, and the UDA, RHC, and UVF symbols.

 

IRA concerns

Although all the six counties of the country (Antrim, Down, Armagh, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone) are still depicted as conflicted areas in the media, the truth is that things have changed for the better.

There is still “sectarian” violence occasionally between the Catholics and the Protestants, but these internal feuds are usually far from the public eyes and the tourist zones.

The infamous terrorist group Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) is still active in the country, but its goals are mainly symbolic. Their modus operandi doesn’t include terrorist attacks on tourists or civilians.

 

 

Top 5 most dangerous cities in California

 

California is a great place to live, hence its nearly 40 million residents. It is the most populated state in the US and the third largest by area. With its sunny beaches and warm temperatures, Cali attracts millions of tourists per year, generating a total economy of nearly 3 trillion dollars.

Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs or Oakland, although very popular destinations, also tend to have a high crime rate and may not be considered as the safest places to start a family. And if you want to learn more about the high crime rate in the California area, here are the top five cities you should probably avoid.

 

Oakland

Oakland is consistently voted as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, with a high crime rate. And, with a violent crime rate of over 1,600 per 100,000 residents (according to Forbes statistics), you may not even enjoy a beach tent family vacation here.

On a more positive note, the rate of property crime has declined in the past few years so you’ll have a better chance of living without being assaulted or robbed if you don’t leave the house at all.

Emeryville

It may come as a surprise, but a city with a total population of just 12,000 inhabitants has the second largest crime rate in the state of California. Home of the Pixar Studios, Emeryville is located east of San Francisco and north of Oakland.

However, unlike Oakland, the high rates of property crime might make you feel safer on the streets than in the comfort of your own house. In the city of Emeryville, there is a chance of 1 in 7 to be the victim of a crime.

The good news is that the violent crime number has declined in the past five years, but we think that it’s still not safe to move there unless you score an excellent job and can afford a great security system.

 

Santa Cruz

With a population of just a little over 60,000 inhabitants, the city is known for its breathtaking landscapes, alternative community lifestyles, and the beautiful coastline.

Unfortunately, this city also has one of the highest crime rates in California for medium and large-sized cities. Violent crime rates and property crime rates are both at high levels, and it seems like the police cannot do much to stop that. Besides, Santa Cruz struggles with a high homelessness rate, with over 9,000 estimated people not having a place to stay.

Commerce

According to official FBI statistics, the city of Commerce is ranked as one of the most violent in California. With little over 13,000 people living there, this small city southeast of sunny Los Angeles deals with a high rate of property crime. Although the rates have decreased since 2016, there is still a long way ahead until Commerce becomes a safe city to live in.

 

Los Angeles

Although much safer than it used to be two decades ago, Los Angeles deserves the fifth place in our top due to a large number of crimes occurred in communities of all sizes and nationalities.

The City of Angels also faced national concerns as the LAPD revealed in 2015 that it had been under-reporting crimes on purpose over the past eight years. So, as much as you would want to grab your tanning lotions and facial moisturizers and head off to one of the city’s sunny beaches, it would probably be safer to move to other cities.

 

 

Where not to go in Atlantic City

 

Known for its casinos, boardwalk, and beaches, Atlantic City is a great place to go and have fun. Of course, the beautiful views also add to the overall mix that makes this resort city a special one.

Atlantic City comes with a very interesting story as, in an attempt to revitalize New Jersey in 1976, voters passed a referendum that approved casino gambling in this location. Second to Las Vegas as a gambling destination, it’s easy to understand why this was a very good decision for the local economy at the time.

However, just like in many other areas around the world, there are some things that make this city a great one, and others that make it not so great. The key here is to be informed beforehand and avoid any potential risky situations.

Although the initial thought might be that the city is not necessarily one to enjoy with your family, don’t leave the convertible car seat at home right away, as you can surely find plenty of attractions that you can enjoy with your loved ones.

On the other hand, there are some places you might want to avoid, so let’s take a closer look at what these might be.

 

The Boardwalk and side streets

This iconic part of the city is one that you can surely enjoy, especially since all the fuss around the casinos is nearby. However, the same cannot be said about the side streets that are further away from it.

This general rule applies in most of the cities around the world, namely that you should avoid small, dark streets, especially after sunset. The same applies in this case, so keep close to the touristic part and you’ll be fine.

Casinos

Although the casinos in Atlantic City are lively and even kids are welcomed most of the times, you might want to check their reputation before venturing from one to the next. This is because some of them are not such fun environments as one might think.

Moreover, there are numerous individuals outside of the casinos that might try to take advantage of tourists, either by running scams or offering illegal services, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This is not everything, as you should also make sure that all of your belongings are securely on your person and not lying around loosely even within the casinos. Given the wide range of people that step into these places, you can never be too sure about who is sitting right next to you.

 

Parking garages

Although this might seem rather scary to even think about, the parking garages can be a potentially dangerous place. As we’ve said before, it’s better to be informed and, more importantly, constantly aware of your surroundings.

When it comes to parking garages, you should try to park as close as possible to the elevator and avoid walking for too long from or to your car, as this means additional exposure to potential thieves that might be around.

Birds

This might seem a little funny but it’s something to consider, especially if you are traveling with children that might get easily scared. The seagulls are the famous boardwalk birds that are just about everywhere.

They fly very low, just above the heads of the visitors and, if you have food on you, they might be pushy and try to get it, so beware.

 

Power in the numbers

Since this principle works well in most cases, it’s a good thing to take a moment and remind ourselves that many times the best idea is to have a larger group of friends or family that you walk around the streets with. This way, you can worry a little less than if you were to be alone.

 

 

Where not to go in El Salvador

 

If you plan on visiting South America, you’re going to need a lot more than just money and a passport. You’ll have to take your time to understand the culture and civilization of each country, while also paying attention to potential dangerous areas.

And, while Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are definitely on every tourist’s list, there are plenty of hidden gems in South America that would make great vacation destinations. El Salvador is one of these countries that has a specific charm. It is the home of around 6,5 million people and is known for its beautiful landscapes.

Agriculture and tourism dominate the country’s economy that has mainly developed in the past 30-40 years. However, although it ranks amongst the first states with the highest industrialization rate, El Salvador continues to deal with high crime rates, inequality, and poverty.

And, as much as we would love discovering new places with just a tourist map and the right facial moisturizer to prevent sun rays from harming our skin, the country is filled with cities that should be avoided by foreigners. Here are some of them.

 

San Salvador

If you had to ask the locals what the safest places to stay and travel to in El Salvador are, none of them would pick the country’s capital, San Salvador. Despite being the largest city and the home of all local institutions, San Salvador is by no means a safe place to travel, especially if you are alone or a woman.

The capital is the headquarters of street gangs and has an alarming crime rate of about 14 deaths per 100,000 people. This city is beautiful and maintains something of the classic charm of a former colony.

However, if safety is amongst your concerns, you should probably stick to the cities along the Ruta de Los Flores or “The Route of Flowers,” inside the country, and not spend too much time in the capital of El Salvador.

La Libertad

Another important tourist attraction in El Salvador, this city has nearly 36,000 inhabitants. The main points of attraction remain the city’s national park, the fish restaurants, and the beautiful beaches. It is also known as one of the best spots for surfing in the country.

But, as mesmerized as you might be by the place’s beauty, staying safe in La Libertad should be your number one concern. Although the crime rate has decreased in the area in the past few years, as a traveler, you need to pay attention to pickpockets and gang members.

To stay safe in this city, you need to follow some basic ground rules for all tourists – don’t use the public transportation at night, choose taxis instead, don’t wear expensive jewelry or display your possessions in public. You should avoid hanging out in locations that seem abandoned and should never rent a luxurious car.  

San Miguel

Although the city is small, there are still numerous dangers lurking around every corner. Some of the neighborhoods are filled with gang graffitis and, while the locals are still very friendly, you wouldn’t want to spend your night wandering on the streets of San Miguel.

Most gang members are involved in non-violent crimes like mugging and stealing, so you should avoid displaying your brand new designer aviator sunglasses or DSLR camera. In fact, it would be best to avoid the city or just go for a walk during midday.

 

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Los Angeles

 

People are drawn to visiting Los Angeles because it’s considered to be one of the top cities in the world where the majority of actors, singers, and show-business personalities live. Plus, it’s the place where all major movies and TV shows are shot. It’s impossible to get bored in this incredible city.

However, if you dare to venture through long lines of crowds to get a perfect capture to brag about it on social media, you might want to consider a few things. Los Angeles has some particular areas that you should avoid if you don’t want to compromise your little getaway.

 

Gang-Plagued Areas

When planning a visit to Los Angeles, keep in mind that this place is an extremely under-manned (when it comes to police) city, meaning that there is only one police officer for 426 residents and only 19 divisions to cover an entire area of 100 neighborhoods.

Even though there are numerous gangs in LA, these are concentrated in locations far from the tourist attractions. Typically, gangs can be found in Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, Venice, Inglewood, Santa Monica, and East Los Angeles.

If you book a staying at a hotel located in one of these areas, ask the concierge to help you with transportation to the famous entertainment and tourist places in Los Angeles. Also, check whether the accommodation facility has an outdoor security camera so that you can have a proof in case someone attempts to rob you.

South Central Los Angeles

This place has a lot of bad history due to the infamous 1992 riots between white police officers and the African American population. Because of these incidents, the entire neighborhood, as well as other local businesses, were severely damaged.

Stay away from areas like Watts and Compton because they are known for the high number of murders that have happened here. From 2007 until present day, there have been reports of 407 killings along with numerous other types of crimes.

 

East Los Angeles

You can get a clue if you have stepped in a gang area by looking for graffiti or other signs on the buildings. If you get lost, and you manage to end up in East Los Angeles, it’s best to be smart and go to a police station or enter a brightly-lit store with a motion sensor light installed.

However, before going outside, get a GPS and don’t go on these streets that aren’t safe for tourists.

If you intend to rent a car, get something less flashy or expensive. This way, you won’t be noticed and draw unwanted attention if you don’t know your way around Los Angeles.

Venice

Venice is indeed a fantastic beach with famous residents like Dennis Hopper or Anjelica Huston. It’s understandable that you might want to go there and get yourself a five-star tan. The vibe in this place is incredibly bohemian and artistic, and people seem to be worry-free.

However, there’s a dark side to this paradise, and that is the Oakwood gang community which is rather strong with many members. It’s not a great idea to walk alone at night in Venice, especially on the beach or next to a park.

 

Homeless gathering points

One of the most dangerous places in Los Angeles is without any doubts the Skid Row area. On these sidewalks, many homeless people live so don’t open your purse or wallet or flash your phone.

Even though they are mostly harmless, poverty is a difficult situation and sometimes stealing from tourists is their only way to survive.

 

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Hawaii

 

If you’re planning on grabbing your favorite telescopic fishing rod and enjoying a day in the sun on the Hawaiian islands, you might want to double check a few of the spots in this tourist destination.

It’s common knowledge that crime rates in crowded areas are high, but according to recent research, it appears that this area, in particular, has experienced a decrease in this field at least in the past years.

We agree that Hawaii is a pleasant and safe destination to visit, but we want to warn you with regard to a few of the spots that you should avoid to stay out of trouble, especially if you’re traveling alone.

 

 

Wahiawa

This is one of the areas where crime rates are unusually high compared to the other parts of Hawaii, almost 22 percent higher, as statistics show. To avoid being the victim of pickpocketing, petty theft, and other criminal behavior, we suggest you avoid walking here late at night, after dark.

One of the reasons for this increase in crime is the drug use in this area, which always brings along trouble. This neighborhood is known as the armpit of Oahu, and it’s rated as one of the most dangerous parts of the islands.

 

Kipu Falls

Instead of discussing other areas that are prone to crime and violent encounters, we’ve chosen to address one of the tourist spots that is the cause of around five deaths per year.

We’re of course talking about the Kipu Falls, with beautiful scenery that is unfortunately too dangerous to be observed from a close distance, and due to this fact, tourist access is prohibited in this area.

Unless you’re a professional hiker or you have some special permit, we doubt the local authorities will allow you to enter this secluded area.

 

Napili-Honokowai

This neighborhood might not seem dangerous at first sight, but that’s only because it looks like a regular hometown. The problem is the people that live here are victims of poverty and low-quality living conditions, which result in an increased rate in property crime.

We suggest you keep your personal belongings close while passing through this area, and avoid renting a place here because you can risk being robbed while you’re away from your accommodation.

Honolulu

This famous holiday destination is not the safest place you could be in while you’re visiting Hawaii, which might come as a disappointment for most people. The US Department of Justice has admitted that this area struggles with drug traffic, being one of the critical commercial harbors and providing access into the country.

Also the fact that it’s a large city with many inhabitants doesn’t help. The local police struggle to maintain the order because it’s hard to keep track of visitors with so many tourists around.

However, there are safer spots and dangerous ones. Most of the neighborhoods are not as bad, but we suggest you steer clear of Kalihi and Chinatown, especially after dark.

 

Olivine Pools

Do not allow yourself to be fooled by the picturesque scenery of these pools. Although the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and almost invites you to enjoy a quick swim, the path that leads to this area is slippery and has caused many injuries over the years.

A lot of tourists drowned here due to the strength of the currents and the rogue waves, and many others have been victims of various injuries. If you’re not an experienced swimmer, we suggest you do not enter this dangerous area.

 

 

Where not to live in Phoenix

 

In case you are considering moving to Phoenix, we wanted to help you by showcasing what five of the most pest-affected areas are, which should be avoided.

Moving is always a big challenge, accompanied by mixed feelings of excitement and heartbreak. However, after settling in, all these will pale in the wonders of residing in Arizona.

There are 295 bugs and other insects identified by the Arizona Insect Identification. To fight some off, there are a few methods you can apply, like a good insect repellent, fogger or even using a somewhat basic mosquito net.

 

Common pests in Phoenix

The trouble is that bugs are not the only pests in Phoenix. We’ll begin with the most common ones, out of which the Africanized Bee seems to be the most aggressive and vicious. The American Cockroach is also known to take refuge in homes and other buildings, especially in warm, humid areas.

Ants are also very easy to find in Arizona. From Fire, Black, Pharaoh, Carpenter to Harvester Ants, some of them will bite while others won’t.

In Phoenix, it is very likely to meet the Arizona Desert Scorpion, which is also the largest species of scorpions in the United States. They are nocturnal creatures, and although venomous, they do not pose a threat to human life.

Spiders come in various species, some harmless, others very harmful. Among them, the most dangerous ones are Black Widows and Arizona Brown Spiders.

Termites represent every homeowner’s nightmare. They are great survivors, feed on wood, and work in family groups. Ticks are also notorious parasites which are very dangerous as they carry the Lyme Disease pathogen.

Last, but not least, Yellow Jackets are very common in the Phoenix area. They are very aggressive and their stings are quite painful.

 

Areas in Phoenix to avoid

Arizona is very similar to the Amazon, where it never gets cold; therefore, life cycles never actually stop. Creatures like scorpions, termites or crickets are right at home in this region.
Based on specific pest issues, the valley of Arizona, Phoenix in particular, a few so-called bug hot zones clearly stand out.

For example, scorpions can be found everywhere in this area; however, there are larger concentrations in specific zones.

 

Top five pest hot zones in Phoenix

Now that you know what you are up against where pests are concerned, you should know which areas to avoid. According to specialists from pest control, there are five main bug hot zones in Phoenix.

The Scorpion hot zone includes 85383 in Peoria, 85207 in Mesa, 85338 in Goodyear, and 85268 in Fountain Hills. As mentioned earlier, scorpions are everywhere in Arizona, but the largest concentrations can be found here.

Bed Bugs hot zone includes 85281 and 85282 in Tempe, where there are many student housings.

Mosquitos represent an issue as well in this city. Most of them are concentrated on 85029 and 85027 in Phoenix.

The Roof Rats hot zone includes older neighborhoods with a big number of orange trees, such as 85018 in Phoenix and 85251 in Scottsdale.

Cockroach hot zones include 85017 and 85008 in Phoenix.

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Conclusions

Although the Phoenix insect diversity can get pretty strange, harmful and sometimes even life-threatening, this should not stand in the way of your moving plans. This city has a lot of positive things, too. Affordable housing, quality education, extended activities for children, and generally beautiful weather are just a few of the qualities Phoenix has to offer.

According to the U.S. Census from 2015 Arizona, Maricopa County, and Metro Phoenix ranked among the top 10 areas in the country for national population numbers added. The Phoenix Business Journal reported Arizona as the eight fastest-growing state in the United States.

 

5 places to avoid in Naples, Italy

 

Italy is one of the most romantic destinations in the world and has a wide variety of tourist attractions. Verona, Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence or Naples are just some of the highly popular cities that attract millions of tourists each year. And, while each has its own charm, if you truly want to experience the Italian life as it used to be, a walk down memory lane in Naples is everything you need.

However, this city was also voted as one of the most insecure in the country, and it comes as no surprise since it’s the traditional home of mobs and mafiosos. So, if you want to discover the wonders of this city and enjoy heavenly dishes safely, this is the ultimate guide for you.

  1. Garibaldi Central Station

Rome has the Termini Central Station, Paris has Gare du Nord, and Naples has Garibaldi.

You will find numerous cheap hotels and places to stay around the Garibaldi Central Station but also a lot of pickpockets and shady people. It can be somewhat safe during the daytime, but you should still walk carefully and with your eyes wide open to avoid a bitter encounter with con artists and thieves.

 

  1. Quartieri Spagnoli

The Spanish Quarters is one of those places in Naples everyone knows about. You will hear the true Neapolitan language in the narrow streets of this neighborhood, and it is nothing like the classic Italian you are used to.

The place dates back to the 16th century when it was built to house Spanish garrisons, but it soon became an infamous quarter with a high criminality rate. Its reputation precedes it to the day. It still suffers from high unemployment and is strongly linked to the Camorra.

 

  1. Piazza del Municipio

One of the highly popular tourist attractions of the city, Piazza del Municipio was built nearly 500 years ago and is surrounded by important historical buildings like Nuovo Castle, San Giacomo Castle, and the San Giacomo degli Spagnoli basilica.

Here you will find reminiscences of the authentic Roman architecture, combined with luxurious gardens, and many places to capture Naples’ true spirit. But, just like with many of the city’s attractions, the key is to blend in and do what locals do.

Avoid wearing fancy clothes or flashing jewelry as you’ll become an easy target for thieves and pickpockets.

The place is crowded with small cafes and family restaurants perfect for a quick lunch. You can also choose to enter one of the many gift shops on these streets but don’t get out with more than a simple travel mug and a magnet if you don’t want to show that you are a tourist.

  1. Narrow streets at night

As unbelievable as it may sound, there are many other cities more dangerous than Naples. Rio de Janeiro, Kansas City, Houston or Manila are just some of the places that rank higher than Naples when it comes to the crime rate. However, this doesn’t mean that you should walk around the city at night without a care in the world.

If you plan on enjoying a romantic night walk in this Italian city, it would be best to stay in the safe zone. Walk on crowded alleys and stay away from infamous neighborhoods or narrow streets.

 

  1. Circumvesuviana

Founded over 100 years ago, this railway company operates in the East of Naples’ metropolitan area and seems to be the root of many evils for tourists.

So, if you plan to visit places like Vesuvius, Pompeii or Sorrento, we suggest you choose the Campania Express train instead. Although a bit more expensive, this one is safer and will help you reach your destination faster. And if you truly insist on taking the Circumvesuviana, don’t hop in at the central railway station, Garibaldi.

 

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Brooklyn

 

If this is your first time traveling to New York, you probably want all the information that you can get on the famous Brooklyn district. Over the years, it went from an area to avoid to being one of the coolest, hip neighborhoods that young people enjoy living in to avoid being mainstream.

It’s a community of more than one million people, and it’s generally safe, especially after the crime rates in the city drastically dropped in the 90s. However, if you are visiting alone, or you are concerned about safety, and you want to be sure you don’t go off the beaten tracks, here are a few spots for you to avoid.

 

 

A unique mix

The housing market and the unstable economy of the past few years have turned Brooklyn into an unusual blend, especially regarding safety in relation to the geography of the neighborhoods.

You’re likely to find really expensive apartments in well-rated areas, and a few blocks away you would be amazed by the sudden drop in the quality of the place, from crime rates to housing units.

Knowing the district’s geography is key, and we suggest you do a bit of research before coming to Brooklyn in the first place so that you won’t have too many surprises.

 

Brownsville

Unfortunately, the years have not helped this neighborhood lower its crime rates. As time passes, the eastern part of Brooklyn is filled with low-income residents that live in public housing units prone to theft and small crime.

As we all know, poverty and low quality of life is always the environment where criminal behavior arises, and this neighborhood was called the murder capital of New York because a band of paid assassins used to reside here between the 1930s and the 1950s.

 

East New York

The main issues that this area deals with relate to drug abuse and poverty since it was developed as an industrial region and after World War II, many of the jobs were lost, resulting in social and economic issues that made the population poor and the crime rates didn’t fail to rise.

 

Downtown Brooklyn

The third largest district in Brooklyn is affected by robbery as a main criminal activity. The research says that about 72 crimes happen per 1,000 residents, but the good news is most of these encounters are not violent.

So if you keep your golf club travel bag, designer bag or anything valuable that you may have with you close and you avoid walking alone or in isolated areas, you shouldn’t be the victim of any incidents of this type.

 

Greenwood Heights

The economy of this neighborhood dropped in the 19th and 20th century, which resulted in a decrease in the number of jobs, the average income, and as an apparent result, the quality of life decreased as well.

Ethnic groups have started to gather around this district due to the low living costs, and they only help to accentuate the economic disparity. Aside from the obvious class difference, this area also struggles with non-violent crimes, at a rate of 26 per 1000 citizens.

 

Bushwick

German immigrants in the mid-1800s developed this area, and it began as an industrial area with lots of breweries. There is not much to say about this district really except the fact that the stats show it has a higher crime rate than other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

However, despite these severe signs, young professionals move here all the time to avoid the high costs of living in Manhattan. We hope that as time goes by, this process will make the neighborhood a safer place to live.