We thought we had found a good restaurant...right along the River Street with nice views of the waterfront activity. Well some of that was true. The service was so bad I thought my son was going to pay for our drinks and leave. The food was ordinary at best... the management and staff were lax and unaware of their shortcomings.
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While most of the historic district is pretty safe day or night, if you go off the beaten path please stay alert! We walked a lot around Bay Street and River Street at night and never felt unsafe, but we noticed on less busy streets we didn't feel as safe. Treat Savannah like you'd treat any city and you'll be fine.
Part III: Driving through is fine though, just make sure your doors are locked and if you were unlucky enough to break down have a cell phone handy to call the police. Basically, if you have no reason, avoid Montgomery St. If you're going to points south of the city, take Abercorn or Habersham St. They are much safer. Even MLK is safer than Montgomery St. and it's only one block over. I had a friend who lived right off Montgomery and he came home one night to police all over the place and a dead body on his neighbor's porch.
Another really shady spot is at the corner of Henry and East Broad. Another Time Saver, another really shady area. In fact most of East Broad is kinda shady. I would avoid it all together, especially south of Gaston St. There's no reason for a tourist to be over there anyway.
It's also illegal to be in the squares late at night and I've heard that the police will tell you to get out of them. Also, note that it's illegal to ride a bike through the squares and the police will give you $116 ticket if they see you.
The one area that I think is pretty safe at night is River Street because there's a ton of bars there, and lots of tourists and cops.
Considering Savannah's size, there is a LOT of crime. And the problem is that it's difficult to define areas because it's everywhere. One side of a block will have a multi-million dollar mansion and there will be a dilapitated house two doors down. I wouldn't avoid Savannah, I love it, but I'd definitely be wary about going around at night, even with a group. Savannah is not safe and that's why the school has so much security. We have guards posted at every building on campus and roving patrols that go throughout the city.
Basically use your head. If you see bars on the windows of say, the beauty parlor, you know you're probably not in a very good area and should probably leave, quickly.
It is very easy to get caught up being a tourist in Savannah, GA. While looking through the magnificent cemeteries, beware. We were told to put our purses in the trunk of our car. We did just that, when we left the car, we locked it. At some point while we were out of view of the car, the alarm went off. We were the only ones around, so thinking I tripped the panic alarm, I reset it.
I walked to the car a few minutes later and sure enough, the trunk was popped and purses gone.
Dont be a victim in the remote cemeteries. Dont take ANY valuables with you. Keep it on your person. It was a great city to visit, but don't let your guard down, even for a second.
Our adult son took a job in savannah, about one year ago. WHAT AN EYE OPENER…..
The crime rate is NO JOKE. If you’re a SCAD student or thinking of attending you better
re-think! The chances of somebody beating the *** out of you or just killing you are too great.
They set cloths lines out for students on bikes, and when they hit it, they beat them up and steal everything.
The cobble stones streets are the least of your problems. Don’t go out after dark and stay where other people are.
Savannah has along way to go before I go back for a visit. And yes our son has had it, his looking for a new job somewhere safer.
If you need proof; look into the SCAD student killed December 14, 2009, in the 100 block of Congress lane. The police didn’t have any answers for his family either…
The Talmadge Bridge is beautiful but very poorly designed for traffic- especially the exits at the ends of the bridge. The North side exit to the Convention center area in South Carolina is particularly ridiculous. While declining at a grade towards a leftward chicane kink the right lane is phased out into a right turn only lane. Such a set-up is barely acceptable on a regular street with a low speed limit- let alone a bridge with no run off and hard barriers designed to prevent plunging into the water. Someone obviously recognized the danger and have signs posted all across the bridge- but it is a set-up for nasty accidents and ALWAYS expect to be cut off by someone in the right lane who fails to heed the signs whenever you cross at speed. It is akin to an improvised exit-merge you would find in a construction zone and clearly corners were cut during construction of this segment.
During heavy traffic times this counter-intuitive design is the source of extremely heavy and unnecessary back-ups. The Garmin and web based maps programs generally direct you to cross on the 95 bridge...not the 16-17 Talmadge. It is more poorly designed than the old "Hillside Strangler" of Chicago fame- and considerably more hazardous in every way.
parking downtown is real hard to find.
When you find a meter to put money in to park, it's for a short time only.
They have built a few new parking garages which is your best bet so you don't have to keep running and loading your meter with coins.
We paid $2.00 per hour in the parking garage.
While on a tour through savannah, one of the women asked if she could take some of the mossy stuff hanging from the tree's because when anyone thinks of savannah georgia, thats what people think of ! However, our tour guide let us know how dangerous that stuff really is . If you have heard of Chiggers, you deffinatly want to stay away. Chiggers are the baby version of what is called a harvest mite . They look like ticks, only they are red, have 8 legs , and in order for them to become a full grown up harvest mite, they have to drink/eat blood. that is where you come in, just like ticks, they eat/drink blood. they itch like crazy, and they just dont stop ( for about a week that is ) . If you think you have come in contact with Chiggers, go home , take your clothes off and rub your self with alchohol. When i was little, I remember being attacked by some in south jersey - and i put clear nail pollish on the bites (it works , trust me ) but anyways ,if your in savannah GA , please, leave the moss alone ! (for your own saftey , and to preserve the signature savannah feel )
Altho some might say it's a bit creepy walking the streets of Savannah at night... I didn't feel at all unsafe while I was there. There is an eerie feeling about it tho.
One danger I did feel was in my footing on their sidewalks. I did a fair amount of walking and I tend to be looking at every tree, house and garden along the way. You must beware of the the sidewalks as you step. The old bricks and blue stones are often heaved from an underground tree root and it could cause you to go bump in the night! or even the day. I'm one who manages to trip over my own toes sometimes..so maybe I noticed it more.
* Try to avoid bums who sell "palm leaf roses" (they can be very persistent! I saw someone hit a tourist with one because he wouldn't buy it.)
* Avoid "bum square" (the square west of City Market)
* Car theft is a growing crime - lock your doors and don't park somewhere you don't feel safe in.
* Be careful on the stairs going down to River St. - they're very steep! There is an elevator (and rest rooms!) from Bay St. to River St. at the River St. Visitors Center (next to the Hyatt).
* Be careful walking on the cobblestones on River St. - especially in heels!
The tourists in Savannah seem to walk around in a daze. They step off curbs oblivious to traffic. While the natives seem to make up their traffic rules as they amble on at a snail's pace behind the wheel. Check your road rage at the exit ramp on the interstate. Savannah drivers and traffic will challenge your patience. It's best to keep a cool head and know where you're going.
The crime rate in Savannah is nearly twice that of an average American city of its size. There is a murder or rape every week. There are 10 robberies and assaults per week. Someone is assaulted every day. Four cars are stolen every day.
There are 182 registered sex offenders in Savannah.
See the website below for further information.
The bottom line is that the crime statistics indicate that tourists should be watchful during their visit to Savannah. Be sure to check with the motel/hotel staff to see if there are areas that need to be avoided.
We were there three days and spent our nights out in the suburb motels along I-95. We had no problems but we also did not veer away from the standard tourist places and did all our sight-seeing during the day.
Savannah government presents a crime map at this website:
River Street has a LOT of bars. Like the French Quarter in New Orleans, you can walk in one place, get a drink to go and continue to the next. Unfortunately, people get way too drunk and proceed to make their way home. My experience was with a man who believed he could drive a motorcycle intoxicated. I was showing a friend of mine around a few years back and we were on River Street leaving the area. The motorcycle pulled out of his space and managed to fall onto my car. The bike didn’t do any damage—it was mostly the driver who fell onto my hood. I was very upset because this could have easily been a horrible situation but everyone else who saw this was laughing, my passenger included. Not a good way to end the night—it scared me. Please don’t drink and drive here.
You generally feel safe in Savannah. People are always around the main tourist sites and you do see police patrolling. However, I read that recently Savannah’s crime rate has jumped dramatically. I didn’t want to believe it but it sadly seems true. However, the historic district, the city market, and down on River Street don’t have many problems. Like in a lot of cities, the problems are isolated and not where you’d probably be going if you’re a tourist. Yet, don’t let this get your guard down because when we were walking down River Street along the river at dusk, we almost did get mugged (I think). I wanted to see my favorite waving girl before we left and when we got there, the light was almost gone. While the path did have streetlights, it didn’t help it was almost entirely empty all the way down there. (She’s separated and way down at the end of the walk) There was one man hanging out who didn’t look entirely “with it”. He was walking toward us following a group of 3 guys. When he saw us, he turned, stared at me and my bag, hung back and waited about 45 seconds before he trailed us. When we got to the Waving Girl, he waited for us outside the circle that surrounds her, lurking in the bushes. I quietly told Bobby and we left through one of these bushes on the other side. Maybe it was innocent, I didn’t want to find out and either did Bobby. Just be aware who is around you or following you.
I have read other Savannah reviews that warned about the dangers of walking around Savannah at night and to avoid pick pockets. I was there for seven days and really never had any problems at night or during the day. I did have the occasional homeless person come up wanting money or wanting to sell me some type of flower. Other than that I found the historic district pretty safe even at night. My advice is to use common sense. If you walk around the historic district at night just be sure to go with someone else. There are homeless people who hang around the historic park squares at night, and on River Street, but that doesn't mean they will do anything to you. Make sure you keep your wallet or purse secure. Don't pull out your purse or wallet if someone approaches you wanting money. You're just asking for them to grab it and run off. I would give this same advice no matter what large city you go to. This really isn't specific to Savannah. One last thing, the neighborhoods can get pretty rough Southeast of Forsyth Park. Just keep a street map with you to make sure you don't veer off course. These neighborhoods are a little outside the tourist area anyway so the chances of you getting off are probably slim.