Asbury Park used to be like the town in Happy Days..... safe and bawdy, young and loud.
Now it is more like a ghost town. There are no crowds, even on the beach and boardwalks.
And at night, it is downright scary.
the crime stats show that Asbury Parks annualy has:
2 murders, 10 rapes, 150 robberies/assaults, 250 burglaries, 600 thefts.
it has crime at twice the average rate for a city its size.
It is only lonely during the day but can be dangerous late at night.
Visit during the day and use common sense. Lock your car doors. Keep an eye on who is around you (probably only other tourists but better safe than sorry). Know where the kids are if they are traveling with you. Leave valuables in a safe place back at the motel.
We had a nice stroll around the town and on the boardwalk and rode along the ocean to see the fine old homes. We had no problems but we did not go back at night.
In some parts it resembles a ghost town~~you will ask yourself "what happened?", as you pass the vacant lots and abandoned construction sites. At night, you may like it less, especially if you leave Main Street. But areas are being worked on, and there is hope that Asbury is coming back to life!