Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Philly 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 :
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 not common in Philly. However, avoid isolated areas and use common sense; 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 :
Philadelphia is one of the best walking cities in the United States, but it also counts with a safe and convenient public transports like the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop, which is the best way to see 22 of the city’s main attractions. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the fifth-largest and most inclusive transit system in the nation. For more information, check out visitphilly.com
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
There can be some occasional floods, fires, winter storms, tropical storms, tornadoes, windstorms, earthquakes, and landslides.
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.