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.
Riffraff at night
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.
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Fine in Savannah
Park in Savannah, historic district, can be dangerous or at least, expensive.
All the places have their parkmeter. The regular price is a quarter per 15 min. After 5PM, there is no control.
When the time is exceeded the parkmeter turns into red. The cop in charge of checking passes quickly with a small car (see the picture below). As soon as he (she) sees the red sign, he (she) gives a fine even if the time is just exceeded for few seconds. He(she) does not leave his(her) car and gives the ticket very quickly. For this reason, the ticket is often not put on the windscreen but on the side window.
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Wear Good Walking Shoes!
Downtown on River St, the streets and sidewalks are lined in BRICKS! But they aren't really kept up and are extremely dangerous, especially if you are bar hopping. I made the mistake to go out with my husband and the military guys, who didn't look at my gorgeous heels I was wearing to tell me not to wear them... I could barely walk and keep up with them! A lot of sidewalks are also cement mixed with oyster shells. Interesting, and a better surface than the bricks, but still not smooth!
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More dangerous than meets the eye...
Part 1: I'm a Senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design. As a student here, I've heard plenty about the things that go on in Savannah, mostly thanks to the Clery Act, which requires the school to disclose crime information when it concerns students or their property. Don't let the beauty of Savannah fool you, it can be a very dangerous place. Keep in mind that I grew up in a rather bad part of a city so it's not like I'm some naive student from a nice place and a rich family.
It is true that the historic district is safe during the day. I'm a female and I've walked around downtown by myself during the day and never felt very unsafe. The homeless people in the square near the Jen Library can be unnerving, but I've never had anything remotely scary happen to me. Basically, you need to be paying attention at all times. Of course, bad things can still happen, even in the middle of the day. Last May a girl was abducted in broad daylight from across the street from one of the dorms and raped. I've heard of terrible things happening like that but usually in the middle of the night.
After dark is when it gets really scary. There have been so many muggings to students that it's impossible to keep count. Forsythe Park is not some place you want to be at night (or maybe even during the day if there's no one around). One time, five male students were held up at gunpoint and robbed there. It was only 7pm! I also heard of two female student's whose car broke down and while they were looking for help three men with guns robbed them. Also, the area south of Forsythe park is very shady, the area around Star Land and all.
There has also been quite a bit of violent crime too, especially murders. A college age girl (not a SCAD student) who was walking with two males through Orlean's Square (which is directly behind Oglethorpe House) at 3am on Christmas eve last year was shot and killed in a robbery gone bad.
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More dangerous than meets the eye...
Part II: Also a place to definitely not go at any time is the Time Saver, known by students as the Crime Saver. It's at the beginning of Oglethorpe Ave just as you are coming into the city from the Talmadge Bridge. The thing is that on the one side of Oglethorpe you have the tourist information, such as Grayline and all that and on the other side is the Crime Saver. I have heard tale that drug deals go down there and there are usually shady groups of young men hanging around. I have heard of students who dared to venture over there (probably to buy drugs) getting beaten up and robbed.
Also, the housing projects that are behind there are apparently some of the worst in the city. And there are a ton of housing projects all over the place. Most of them are okay, although I wouldn't go wandering around in them.
Also, down Oglethrope, there is the Thunderbird Motel, which used to be creepy but they've cleaned it up and renovated it. The Greyhound Bus station is across the street though and there are weird people who hang out there, although that seems typical of the location in any city.
One of my friend's and two other girls were chased down Oglethorpe St. in the historic district at 2am by two men who were trying to mug them. Luckily, they outran them. Oglethorpe is definitely somewhere you don't want to be after dark. It's badly lit thanks to the huge trees in the median. It's much safer to walk down a side street, such as Hull which is on the back side of Orlean's Square, because they're better lit. Or better yet, take a cab to your hotel instead of walking back. A safe place after dark to get gas or snacks is the Parker's at Drayton and Hull St. It's a hangout of students and is open all night.
I would also avoid Montgomery St. south of I-16 at ANY time of the day or night. That is not some place you want to be walking around, even in the daytime. One look and you will understand why. It is shady! And I don't mean like the shady caused by the Magnolia trees :D
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not as bad as it sounds
Savannah has its bad neighborhoods, but I felt completely safe in the historic district. We didn't stroll around late at night. We are old fogey's and we go sightseeing early and after we eat dinner we just stay at the hotel later in the evenings. Just stay in the historic area when you are out walking about. and don't go beyond Foysth Park. I have been there twice and never felt in danger. There are lots of college kids (SCAD / Savannah School of Art and Design) just watch out for them on scooters and bikes. The school owns buildings all over the area and they are just going to their next class. Don't even attempt to drive around the city, streets are narrow and parking is very limited. Savannah is a city like any other, there are good areas and bad areas. Its is the most beautiful city I have every visited.
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DONT BE SUPRISED
Savannah is a fun place to visit, but you can easily go into the wrong area. There is alot of renovation going on to fully restore the town. You can be looking at a million dollar mansion and go up one block and see really bad poverty. Just be cautious on where you are and always look ahead.
Be smart and enjoy your stay
Savannah is another town where the "have" and "have nots" tend to interact on a daily basis.
Most of the River Front area seems well-policed, but there is a lot of partying and that can present occasional problems. There are certainly some areas of town that would not be fun to walk around in alone at night, but you won't find them highlighted in the brochures. If in doubt, ask the locals before setting off. During the day, most of the squares and downtown seem pretty safe.
As with any tourist city, don't "FLASH" your valuables or isolate yourself and you should have a fun time.
There isn't a chapter of weird people so I put it under this one. It’s not a warning or has any danger; I only want to show you this guy. Please do we have a choice; Jesus or Death? He sits everyday somewhere in Savannah, with everyday another sign. Today it was this one.
Your Pants May Not Fit When You Get Home!
Savannah is a walking city and walk we did, but apparently all our walking efforts were not enough to stave off the extra pounds. If it happens that your pants grow tighter, as mine did, just stay calm and remember that the food was damn good.
Beware of Squares!
Savannah is known as the City of Parks and Squares. Be sure to take time to explore them on foot (not at night, though). However, driving around them may be confusing, especially at night.
My advice -- park and walk.
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As other people have...
As other people have mentioned, the town can get a little shady after dark, but don't let that discourage you from getting out on the town at night. Savannah is quite majestic in the evening hours, and a moonlit walk through the streets can be very refreshing and romantic. Just keep your wits about you and don't wear diamonds bigger than your fist and you won't have any trouble with the Savannah criminal element. I've lived in Savannah all my life, and I was mugged once (its very rare but it happens) and if it makes you feel any better the mugger was very polite about the whole matter and said 'Please' and 'Thank you' . . . like I've stressed before, folk in Savannah are incredibly polite.
As said before, pick-pockets...
As said before, pick-pockets and purse snatchings. The most common ' I need a quarter or fifty cents for the bus' as you pull out your wallet or go to dig for change, they snatch it and run. Also, when River Street is packed on weekends or events, it can be really crowded, best to keep your purse at home and wallet in front pocket. Savannah is not that bad, but like any city with alot of people gathered in small quarters, it can happen, so be careful!
Not really a danger, but be...
Not really a danger, but be warned: if you don't like loud partygoers, it would be wise to avoid Savannah during St. Patrick's Day celebrations. This is the best place south of Boston to go for great parades and parties on that most Irish of days.
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