Police on the boards
You may want to behave yourself here, the cops are all over, even on quads on the boards. Just in case you do some thing wrong and you run on the beach they will be right behind you! So be careful and fly right around here. Don't get me wrong we saw plenty on drunks on the boardwalk and not being bothered, they were just loud not out of line. So you can get away with some fun.
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The city is being transformed daily from a rundown Queen into a glittering Princess, but like every city, going out in certain areas after dark will always be a little risky. Use your common sense and AC will be a safe, fun place to visit.
Atlantic City. Be careful!
I lived in the Atlantic City area and worked at the former Bally's Grand Hotel and Casino, now the Hilton for 3 years.
I loved my job, and I really didn't run into too many real problems, but that's because I knew the trouble areas and to stay away from them.
At night, if you're not from A.C., you don't want to leave the casino area unless you know where you're going and you're in a car. Stay on the Boardwalk if you're going outside, and only go out during the earlier evening hours, when there's still people out.
Don't talk to the homeless people, and don't give them money. The panhandlers on the Boardwalk have enough, they don't need yours, and they might rob you if you get out your wallet.
Don't go out the front doors of the casinos onto Pacific Avenue.
And while you're on the Boardwalk, location really does matter. The end where the Showboat and Resorts are is also the end that's nearest the housing projects. The end where the Hilton is is very near Ventnor, which is where the wealthy people live. The Hilton end is the safer end.
If you do go driving through town, say to go over to Trump Castle or the outlet malls, keep your doors locked. (Is the Castle still there? It's been a while.)
Anyway, to get there, you'll have to drive through some ghettos. If you are at a stop light and you see people walking toward your car, floor it. If people wander out in front of your car, don't stop. They'll get out of your way.
All this said, did I have any real trouble while I lived there? No. We lived on California Avenue for a while before moving to Brigantine, and our neighbors weren't rich. They were also a mix of whites, blacks and Puerto Ricans (we're white) and we all worked at the casinos.
Oh, yeah, don't ask the hotel workers where the good local spots are. AC residents don't like tourists that much and sometimes the workers will tell the tourists really nasty spots just to keep them away from the good places. When you have to work with tourists all day you tend to not want them around you at night.
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AC is not a family resort, you will see your "ladies of the evening" on Pacific Ave., we have totally nude bars, a x-rated movie theater and even a swingers club, but are billed as a adult resort, and not a family town. Even our motto, "Always turned on" makes us sound a little naughty and we are! You come to AC for fun, not to entertain the kids. Go to Ocean City and Wildwood for tamer pleasures.
Apparently the pigeons that used to be on the boardwalk wanting to be fed have been supplanted by the seagulls. Seagulls are more aggressive than pigeons and also are better flyers. So they can circle overhead and grab stuff from your hand and also poop on you.
Atlantic City was going to put up some nets in 2008, but I don't know how that worked or whether the seagulls just found a way around them.
Most of the photos I have of seagulls were taken in the south - I suspect the gulls in Atlantic City are Herring Gulls which are bigger than these and don't have the black head
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There seems to be a very large population of homeless people in Atantic City and it is more prevelant in and around the Broadwalk area. I definitely wouldn't feel safe walking around at night alone and would recommend that you travel with others and be alert.
Drug addicts and prostitutes
Be very, very careful if you decide to venture off and do some shopping in the Outlet Walk. Along with a large population of homeless people, there seems to be an even larger population of drug addicts and prostitutes.
They seem to hang out around the AC Boardwalk and away from the hotels near the shopping outlets.
Ladies should hold on to their purses and be very alert to their surroundings, never venture out of the hotel area alone.
Keep Off the Sand Dunes
The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently brought in 4.5 million cubic yards of sand, 90 acres of dune grass and 64,000 feet of sand fence as part of a storm protection project for Atlantic City. The new dunes are between the beach and the Boardwalk. They’re completely fenced off and there are pedestrian bridges over the dunes every block. There isn’t any reason to be on the dunes and you can expect a $1,000 fine if you’re caught.
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Careful where you wander off to!
There are some bad ares in this town, really run down homes, ready to fall down. We saw several complexes that had large portions of the building missing just blocks away from all the casinos. Didn't feel to safe in this part of town.
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Don’t feed the Cats
Signs in the Downbeach (south end) district of the Boardwalk: “Please do not feed the Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats. We appreciate your concern, but unscheduled feedings hinder our ability to help the cats. The Cat Action Team (C.A.T.) or Atlantic City is helping the cats through a humane and non-lethal population control program.” It must be working… I’ve never seem any cats along the Boardwalk. Now if someone would do something about pigeons and seagulls. Maybe if there were some cats around? Hey, wait a minute!
Bums on and under the Boardwalk
We all remember that song by Bette Midler, "Under the boardwalk"
"Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, the sea,
on a blanket with my baby is where I'll be.
On a blanket with my baby is where I'll be."
Well, dont think this can happen now a days . There are "Bums" who live under the boardwalk, that wait for people to walk down on the beach at night. And when i say bums, i do not mean homeless people. Homeless people, are kind, and they dont want to hurt you, they just want a roof over their head out of the rain. A bum, is a person who doesnt care about himself. They dont want to work, because they are lazy. They dont care if they are mean, they dont care if they have to hurt someone to get what they want. They are no good, and you best stay away from them. If you get approached by a bum on the beach at night, run. because they will beat you down for 2 bucks if you've got it on you. If you get approached by one on the boardwalk, keep walking, dont even talk to them. If you talk back, they've got you by the hook, or at least they think they do.
"do you have any change, any change at all, come on you got a job, look at how nice your dressed, come on, just a dollar, come on, you can afford it"
this is what you will be followed with, and trust me - it has happened numerous times to me, especially in the summer when they are all out. I have been approached serveral times in 15 minutes just walking down the boards with my friends. Its not nice, and its not fun. Its actually kind of scary.
so, beware. If your going to the casino- dont wander down the boardwalk at night, stay in the casino - and play games, or eat at the resturants , the bums cant get you in there .
Stay on the Boards !
I am from Atlantic City, so I know that there are certain places you do not want to be. If you stay on the boardwalk, you will run into the usual seagulls, bums, and tourists. There are cops that patrol the boards, but if you go off the boardwalk, beware. You may just be in a very bad neighborhood, and you could be followed by the homless, or worse, theives. Being mugged is not fun, and I Know people who it has happened to. Dont be a victim. Walk in lighted areas on the boardwalk, and if you feel uncomfortable, turn around.
Not for the kids!
Another thing that really bothered us was the amount of peep shows and adult book stores in this town. This could be rather disturbing if you have small children. The type of places are all over the city with bright neon.
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When it stops being fun
Atlantic City is fueled by gambling but remember that they didn’t build those hotels by giving away money. Research your favorite games before you go. Treat gambling as a form of entertainment and live within a budget for it each day. Join every casino’s player’s club and use the player’s card every time you play, even at the tables. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Slow down your play and go down a denomination. Look for coupon specials, discounts and promotions. Take frequent, non-gambling breaks. When it stops being fun, get help.
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While in a casino, you must try to remember this, There is security, there are surveillance cameras. But they are no where near as good as you taking preventive measures to protect yourself.
1. Do Not! Place your pocketbook, purse, clutch, wrist strap bag on the floor while you are playing slots or playing at the table games. IT WILL BE TAKEN.
2. Do Not! Place your pocketbook, purse, clutch, wrist strap bag between the slot machines, It's very easy to raise the partition on the other side of the aisle and remove your bag without you knowing.
3. Guys, Do Not! place cash or slot vouchers in your shirt pockets. It is very easy to distract you and remove the item.
4. Do Not! leave any of your items unattended. They will walk away without you. this may be common sense, but it's something people seem to forget while on vacation.
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