Pittsburgh Warnings and Dangers

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    Dangerous Neighborhoods

    by scottyrocknyc Written May 8, 2004

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    Pittsburgh has a lot of neighborhoods that are fairly dangerous if you end up there late at night....here's some places to be careful in or avoid....

    1.) Oakland/Terrace Village/Middle Hill: Generally pretty safe....parts can be dangerous late at night despite being a college neighborhood
    2.)Hill District/Downtown/Bluff - After the sun goes down this place can be very unfriendly
    3.)East Liberty, Larimer
    4.)Homewood/East Hills - There's lot's of crime and gang activity in this area. Bloods and Crips. Probably the most dangerous neighborhood in Pgh.

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    Safety in the city

    by iamjacksgoat Written Jun 15, 2008

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    I've lived in Pittsburgh my entire life, and I have never felt threatened in this city. Like all cities, you shouldn't walk around certain areas at 3am (Homewood, the Waterfront, Oakland). However, that is just common sense. During the day, you can walk almost anywhere without problems.

    Pittsburgh has a large number of colleges, so the college police patrols often. The area between the University of Pittsburgh and CMU is double-patrolled by the police of both colleges. Moreover, these areas have special security boxes that set off an alarm that reports directly to the police.

    Pittsburgh has quite a lot of homeless people on its streets. There are "nice" homeless people that I tend to give money to. Others can be rather aggressive at times. A few safety tips:
    1 - Don't make eye contact or respond if they become aggressive.
    2 - If they begin to follow you, keep moving and find a crowded area. They usually stop after a block or so.
    3 - Don't taunt them. I've seen people be extremely cruel. You never want to provoke anything.

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    Neighborhoods to avoid

    by mikelisaanna Written Apr 8, 2006

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    Pittsburgh is generally a very safe city, but it does have a few high-crime neighborhoods to avoid. These include the Hill District, which lies between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland (the location of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University); Homewood, in eastern Pittsburgh; and Wilkinsburg, just east of Pittsburgh.

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  • The same posting about the "Pittsburgh Left"

    by RblWthACoz Written Dec 5, 2005

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    I put this under local customs but I am reposting this under warnings just to make sure people know. :-)

    Ahhhh, the good ol' "Pittsburgh Left". So let me paint the scenario for you:

    You are waiting at a red light which you will be turning left at when it switches to green. Your green arrow does not appear, but green lights on both sides turn on. But...nobody moves? The guy in opposing traffic lanes is wondering why you are just sitting there...and you are wondering the same about him too.

    Here is the simple trick about the Pittsburgh left. Even if you do not have a green arrow, and the opposing traffic has a green light, you keep an eye out for the green light, and use your keen driving skills as well as years of honed instincts to predict the EXACT moment the lights will turn green. When it turns green...QUICK!! TURN LEFT!! That way you don't have to wait for allll that opposing traffic to pass through the intersection before you turn.

    All joking aside, this really is a phenomenon of driving in Pittsburgh and you do need to be aware of it. Many times drivers on opposing sides will wait another second or two for the first car in the opposing traffic lane to turn and do the "Pittsburgh Left". For the most part it is a common understanding amongst drivers. Keep it in mind when you are driving. People might be expecting the same treatment from you.

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    Please! No over-reactions!

    by BKBP Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Yes, there are places in every city that are not the best to stroll around in at 3 AM but Pittsburgh is absolutely NOT an extremely dangerous city. I've lived here over 20 years and have not felt threatened - ever. Not once.

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    Liberty Avenue's Other, Shadier Businesses

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jun 16, 2009

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    During a recent visit to Pittsburgh, I was stopped at a light, when I saw a woman, wearing barely anything, crossing the street. She was closely followed by a guy, possibly intoxicated, who was just staring at her backside. When she reached the wall next to our stop light, she turned around, hoisted herself up on the wall and sat down. The man walked right up to this shady lady, and asked her something that I couldn't understand. She responded with something like, "I'm not working right now." LHenne1 was with me, and she swears the woman we saw was no woman at all, rather a transvestite. The guy following her sure seemed to be propositioning for sexual acts.

    Liberty Avenue downtown has long been known as Pittsburgh's center of prostitution. Up until the 1980s, this street was full of women of the night, peep shows, dancing nudes, and the like. In the last 10 years or so the city has cracked down, but the trade still exists, though I expect at a steeper price for the buyer.

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  • A Little of Everything..

    by demonica555 Written Sep 30, 2006

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    As for neighborhoods, use common sense...If the houses start to look like noone cares about them, chances are you are in a neighborhood noone cares about--including the police. Just stay away from areas where the businesses close down at dark...because they know whats up in that area if you dont. If you drive into an area that is all closed down at 5pm on a Monday...
    Don't do either downtown or from downtown on a bus or subway car around 2:00-3:30, all the city schools let out around then and the busses are crowded and really really rowdy. You will be completely outnumbered by screaming, pushing kids who are really excited about school letting out.
    Don't get drunk and start mouthing off about Pittsburgh if you aren't from there....No quicker way to get thrown out of a bar without actually starting a fight. Pittsburghers are violently proud of their city, no matter how they gripe about it.
    Don't make a U-turn ... ANYWHERE, unless it specifically says you can--Pittsburgh has very few places to make uies. Places that look like you could make one usually have a cop hoping you are from out of town.
    Come to a complete stop at stop signs in the suburbs...suburban police have nothing better to do than to watch your air valve and if it doesnt stop moving completely you get a fine for running a stop sign, or failing to come to a complete stop or in one case BOTH!
    Dont drive over to the South side to go drinking if you are not staying in the south side on the weekends...and vice versa. On Friday and Saturday (and holidays) random bridges or ALL the bridges going over the river to and from the south side are usually random car stops and dui checkpoints.
    HUGE DONT for people going to UNIV of Pittsburgh, or visiting OAKLAND....People get killed every year on Forbes and Fifth Avenue because of it looking like one way traffic and you try to cross....BAM! IN OAKLAND THE BUSES HAVE THEIR OWN LANE GOING AGAINST THE ONE WAY---LOOK BOTH WAYS!!!! NO MATTER WHAT!!!

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  • Tailgaters

    by colonials Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Have never seen so many tailgaters. We'd shoot them in Texas. Just slow down and they get even closer. Scared the devil out of me for the 10 days that I drove a rental car there! Oh yeah, stay off Franklin Ave. in downtown Aliquippa. It looked like a war zone.

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  • STAY OUT OF WILKINSBURGH, PA

    by Columbus83 Written Sep 11, 2003

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    There are a group of people that rotate between 9th and Liberty and 5th and Forbes who mug anybody who displays any money
    I got mugged getting on the 67A at Forbes and 5th

    also...

    Wilkinsburgh on the east side of Pittsburgh and is not your average american suburb..

    Wilkinsburgh is a filthy, violent and dangerous suberb which is not far from CMU and University of Pittsburgh, so if the Port Authority of Allegheny County Bus sign says Wilkinsburgh get of not far after you get past CMU or UP.....

    One last thing...Wilkinsburgh is filthy but the rest of Allegheny County(Pittsburgh) is very clean, central Pittsburgh around Liberty Square, the strip and CMU/UP is very clean compared to most downtowns

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  • Bad Neighborhoods

    by kbro1989 Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    The Hill District especially the stretch between Duquesne and Pitt can be troubling at night. Larmier, Garfield, East Liberty, and Homewood to the east can become violent at times. Sheridan and Elliot to the west have several troubling spots to avoid at night. St. Clair Village can become a danger spot at times in the south as well.

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  • Downtown Pittsburgh Not Safe!

    by FrfR1 Written Apr 6, 2014

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    Like other major downtown areas, downtown Pittsburgh is not safe. There just as many thefts, if not more, than in real neighborhoods, including poorer ones. The crime also tends to be random and opportunistic so just about anyone can be a victim whether they are involved with drugs or not (and there is plenty of that).

    Don't be fooled into moving downtown. It is not safe. Every pervert and thug in the area makes his way downtown just like the business people.

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    Do not...

    by Parklife Written Jun 25, 2003

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    make fun of the hometown beer unless you are a local. Local can request for an Iron S*-itty. People from out of town can not. It’s just one of those unwritten rules.

    try to talk like a local. Nothing makes us cringe more than a southern twang trying to “yinz”or “n’at”.

    (on a related note, do not aspire to be known as a jaggoff. If you are called a jaggoff, whatever you are doing to *** someone off, stop.)

    ask for special requests in local restaurants (Primanti’s, The “O”, Armand’s). Requests at chain restaurants are encouraged.

    visit the North Side to check out ‘the nightlife’ alone.

    rent a car to drive downtown. Many locals don’t even drive downtown. There are too many one-way streets and potholes and parking is no fun.

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    Pittsburgh roads

    by mikelisaanna Written Mar 10, 2006

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    Pittsburgh is one of the more challenging cities to drive around in the United States. There are a few reasons for this. First, because the area is extremely hilly, Pittsburgh's roads tend to to have a lot of steep slopes and twists and turns. It is easy to get lost without a map, because you can't always see your landmarks due to the hills and valleys. Second, Pittsburgh's roads are infamous for their potholes - craters caused by freeezing and thawing, which cause cracks in the road to widen into holes and then into something larger. Finally, Pittsburgh's traffic patterns (particularly at rush hour) are constrained by its hills and rivers (lots of bridges and tunnels). As a result, you often can't get from Point A to Point B in anything approaching a straight line, and you will often get stuck at rush hour in traffic bottlenecks at bridges and tunnels.

    However, depite these problems, Pittsburgh is a fascinating city to explore. It has a lot of great views (particularly from the tops of the hills), and its various neighborhoods offer a wide variety of scenery and experiences. Also, Pittsburgh's drivers are more courteous than those of other eastern US cities such as Boston and New York.

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  • Panhandlers & con-artists

    by MusicManSamwise Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    Just about every city has panhandlers/con-artists working the streets, though Pittsburgh sometimes seems like it has a rather large amount for a city its size. With panhandlers, generally a polite but firm refusal to give money is enough, though I did have one guy who followed me for like 3 blocks until I finally threatened to call 911. Con-artists...they can be a bit more persistent. Generally you'll encounter them downtown, giving you a sob story about how they "just got out of jail/lost their bus pass/are pregnant and need formula/etc." The two best options are... 1) polite but firm no, in which case they'll probably lay on some guilt, but steel yourself (no pun intended)...or 2) call them out on their BS, which requires being a bit more clever, but can also be a bit more fun. :)

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    suburbs are okay

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 18, 2007

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    Generally, Pittsburgh looks pretty bad on the crime statistics chart. In almost every category of crime, Pittsburgh ranks in the "high risk" level. But if you look closely at the data, especially by zipcoded areas, you will see that the suburbs show much less than normal crime risk.

    We have stayed in Pittsburgh, both in the city motels and the suburb motels. In the city, in many areas you will see "gang signs" on mailboxes and blank walls. Most downtown motels have "behind-the-gated-wall" parking for their customers. In the suburbs, we saw none of that.

    If you are using a downtown hotel, just check with the desk clerk to find out what areas that tourists should avoid. Roaming Pittsburgh very late at night is generally not a good idea.

    There are 475 registered sex offenders in the greater Pittsburgh area. That sounds like a lot but it averages out over the population to be about one SO per 1000 people.
    If you are concerned about that, see the website below.

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