New Orleans is a seriously dangerous city. It is not a place to take any chances whatsoever.
If you must go out at night, stay in highly lighted area filled with other tourists such as Bourbon St.
It is very easy to simply turn a corner and be on a dangerous street. Just stay on well lighted streets where there are other people. Stay away from any shadowy areas where there an no other tourists.
I have lived in New Orleans for the past eight years, and I'm sorry to say that the crime here is so bad now that I will move out of the city in January. In the past, the NOPD was able to keep violent crime out of the tourist areas. Incidents of crime against tourists was mostly related to inebriated people exercising poor judgment such as wandering near the adjacent housing projects on the north side of the French Quarter, or seeking illegal drugs on the street. Now, with a significantly reduced police force and a substantially non-functioning city attorney's office, the thugs have taken their violence to new hieghts. One murder per day is common, and three or four murders in one day is no longer uncommon. Many more murders are now committed on the street in broad daylight, and the violence has recently moved into the formerly sacred French Quarter. Two weeks ago, a gunman spraying bullets into a crowed bar on Decatur Street, and has not been apprehended. Two nights ago, an 18-yr old was stabbed to death in the middle of Bourbon Street in the heart of the Quarter. The perpetrator has not been identified. Until recently, I employed off-duty NOPD officers to patrol my business grounds. They tell me that the thugs have no fear of criminal prosecution, becuase the DA's office is more or less non-functional. Even murder suspects are released on bail. To people unfamiliar with New Orleans, this testimony may sound unreal. But believe me, it's every bit as bad as the media reports, and it's getting worse. If you really want to visit New Orleans, I recommend you stay in the tourist areas, and keep your wits about you. Don't engage the street hustlers, and for heaven sake, don't wander out of the Quarter at night. God bless.
The crime in New Orleans is sevier. If you stay in the French Quarter you have the most police protection. I would only go out from that area during the day and you had better know where you are going because one wrong turn and you could easily be in bad trouble. The murders and suicides are plentiful even though the National Guard is patrolling. Fema trailers are everywhere.
En plein jour mon ami s'est fait arnaquer par trois cireurs de chaussures qui sous prétexte de cirer ses souliers lui ont extorqué 20$ US. Ils lui ont dit: on te demande 20$, mais on pourrait avoir un fusil.Plutôt inquiétant pcque c'était en plein après midi dans une rue touristique!!
There's a lot of crime in New Orleans. Tourists draw pickpockets, as one might expect, but once you head out of the French Quarter don't expect to be suddenly safe. The demarcation between good neighborhoods and bad ones is pretty non-existent. If you're going someplace, don't walk, take a cab.
Lar and I were using our scooters in the French Quarter ( a fun, convenient way to get around) but had decided to take them back to the car and get something to eat. Lar set his wallet with a couple of other items on the top of the car as he was rearranging the trunk.. I was standing next to the car but looking inside for something. Within a matter of seconds, a young kid had grabbed Lar's wallet. He did it SO fast, we might not have known right away except a lady said "Some kid just grabbed something off the top of your car and ran off".. which of course sparked larry sprinting for blocks trying to catch up. Unfortunately the little sh_t won... we spent our last evening in New Orleans at the police station filing a report.
The subtle presence of the NOPD are often seen riding motorcycles, cars, bikes or horses around the French Quarter and Central Business District. It is widely known that the NOPD turn a blind eye to the casual cavorting of the average inebriate...however... you pull something stupid - you wind up sleeping it off on a slab of concrete.
If you need to file a report for any reason this would be the place to go. There is an information desk on the first floor if you are lost or have any basic questions. The station is not open to public tours.
Since 1996, when they restructured themselves to place equal responsibility to the 8 districts and increase of citywide manpower, the crime level in the French Quarter and immediate areas has steadily decreased. However, let it be said that you should always be aware of your surroundings and be responsible for yourself and your party.
The station is located on 334 Royal St. at the corner of Royal St. and Conti St next to a Cafe Beignets.
New Orleans sucks, crime infested liberal run piece of dog crap city. Good beer though. Keep the wallet in front pocket, no purses nothing. Dont take to shady looking people, walk quickly and find others.
There are many street performers that could be considered pan handlers. But I for one enjoy the street performers and they do deserve "tips" from their audiences. So, if someone asks you for $$, ask them if they will perform for you. Also, just like any other city, mall, or amusement park always know your environment. Follow your instincts. If your instincts tell you're in the wrong area, you're more likely in the wrong area. Keep your items close to you and try not to carry so much at a time. Besides, you won't enjoy your tour as well if you're always lugging around souveniers. Be sure to bring your camera though.
don't trust anyone, especially the shady cab drivers....they are the worst i've ever had to deal with in my life!!!!! we felt very unsafe in one cab in particular, he took us through the ghetto and seemed to know everyone! we thought he was gonna drive us to some friends of his and rob us...but im here now so we made it...just be careful.
Being one of the largest port towns in the world, New Orleans has always been a notorious haven for crime. Pirate Jean Lafite lived here and there is a kind of admiration among the city for him. When I was going there, it was the per capita murder capital of the US. You will be OK if you be careful and use common sense. Here are a few pointers: Don't ask just anyone for directions, and if they give directions to someplace that includes walking down an alley, don't go there. There are people waiting there. DON'T BRING SMALL CHILDREN TO BOURBON ST. DURING MARDI GRAS. It gets wild. In fact, don't bring anyone even a little squeamish or with strong religious convictions. Even though Mardi Gras began as a mobile stage to perform scenes from the bible, it is not exactly that way anymore. Lots of drunk frat boys and military people itching to fight anyone they can. Pickpockets abound, and big, big crowds. The are much tamer Mardi Gras parades, (some even more steeped in tradition) in Lafayette, Louisiana; one and a half hours east of New Orleans.