Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
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 :
If you want to see more than the Downtown, traveling by car is the best way to get around Memphis. However, there is a bus service provided by the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) that is available across the city. However, some routes are poorly served at night. Moreover, at nights and weekends the routes change, so be careful or you might end up far from your actual destination. Trolleys and taxis are considered safe, and they operate in the downtown area.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
There can be some occasional natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
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 :
Women should avoid walking alone at night, particularly in empty areas.