Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
While Atlanta is generally considered a safe city, there are certain areas you should avoid. Unsafe areas are generally far away from any tourist attractions and have little to no interest for visitors. Most crime occurs between individuals who know each other or in high crime-ridden areas of the city. We recommend you take normal safety precautions and exercise common sense as you would in any other major city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK :
Muggings are the crime for tourists to be concerned with. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Homeless people can be aggressive towards you if you don’t hand them money. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
The public transport is somewhat safe. Atlanta’s public transport system is run by MARTA, and it tends to attract sketchy crows late at night. There have been reports of violence both at stations and on trains. It is unlikely that you get directly involved, but you may get hurt if you are in the middle of a brawl. You don’t have to avoid using public transportation, but we recommend that you use common sense and remain alert at all times. It is best if you travel in groups of two or more at night.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
There can be some occasional earthquakes, floods, and tornados.
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorist attacks are unlikely. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Many women travel safely without any issues.