Inner HarborThis is where you can feel really safe while visiting Baltimore. The Inner Harbor is a hotspot for tourists thanks to the major attractions like the National Aquarium, Babe Ruth's museum, and the Museum of Art or you can also catch a Ravens game and dine at the Hard Rock Café.
Upper Fells PointThis historic district is mainly populated by millionaires in Baltimore. There is nearly a 0% crime rate, so visitors can feel safe while admiring the 19th century rowhouses on the tree-lined streets.
Mount VernonLocated just north of downtown, you’ll find Mount Vernon which is a National Landmark Historic District. This beautiful and safe neighborhood is home to the Basilica of the Assumption, theatres, museums, shops, historic 19th century architecture and many parks.
Cedonia & Harford RoadThese two neighborhoods are best to be avoided due to their isolation. Since they are hard to get in and out, drug dealing and crime related activity is high. They are relatively safe during the day, but it is best to avoid after dark.
Edmondson HeightsThis area is not recommended to tourists due to its high violent crime rate and gang activity. It records an average of 19 murders and 44 violent crimes per year.
North Avenue/Belair RoadThis is another area to avoid as there is a chance of 1 in 7 of becoming a victim of a violent crime. There is also drug dealing activity and drug addicts that have assaulted people walking by.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
There are some areas that should be avoided, but there are many safe tourist-friendly spots as well. 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 : HIGH
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 : MEDIUM
There are some reports of muggings in certain areas. 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 Baltimore. 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 : MEDIUM
The public transit system is not always safe, so make sure you don’t travel alone when getting around the city, especially at night.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Baltimore is subject to various weather-related emergencies like hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and severe winter storms.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Baltimore. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Many women travel safely without any issues.