Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Houston is overall a safe city; However, 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 : MEDIUM
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 : LOW
Houston is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. 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 : HIGH
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Houston. 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; and people offering help with your luggage. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and are generally very safe in Houston.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
The chance of a natural disaster happening in Houston is higher than other cities across the country. Disaster types are hurricanes, major flooding, catastrophic hail and earthquakes.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Houston. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Many women travel safely without any issues.