Atlanta is one of the most popular destinations in the US, with people traveling from all over the world to experience the history and culture of the city and make the most of the opportunities that the capital of Georgia has to offer.
However, just like when you are traveling to any area of the world, it is important that you take the necessary steps and precautions to ensure your safety. Therefore, we have put together some of our top tips on how to stay safe while visiting Atlanta.
There are many options when it comes to traveling around Atlanta and exploring the different sights and neighborhoods that make up the city. From the public transit rail system, MARTA to Atlanta’s newest means of transportation- Atlanta Streetcar, the options are endless.
You may also consider renting a car during your time in Atlanta so that you can enjoy everything the city has to offer by road. While hiring a car can be beneficial when you are traveling, as it removes the stress of using public transport in an unknown area.
Driving in a state you aren’t used to can be problematic and could lead to accidents. Therefore, we suggest having an experienced law firm like Hasner Law, P.C on hand for any car accidents or personal injury cases, as they can help guide you through the process if necessary.
Travelers are often prime targets for scammers and con artists, so it is important that you are extra vigilant when you are new to the area. There are a few common scams that many inexperienced travelers fall for. If you are traveling by plane to Atlanta then you should be cautious when giving out any personal information, including using Wi-Fi networks claiming to offer ‘free airport Wi-Fi’.
Another common scam that often takes place in Atlanta includes men who pose as attendees for parking lots, who then clamp cars and demand money before releasing them. To avoid falling victim to these sorts of scams, be sure to double-check the authenticity of a parking lot before giving your car keys to anyone.
Stick to Safe Neighborhoods
Just like other major cities across the US, there are some neighborhoods that are safer than others. There is crime scattered across different boroughs of the city, but some of the most dangerous parts of Atlanta are Old Fourth Ward, Washington Park, and Peoplestown. Kirkwood is also well-known for gang wars and conflict.
However, there are plenty of safe areas of Atlanta that you can enjoy in and around Midtown, as well as the suburbs on the east side of Atlanta.
Avoid Walking Alone at Night
If you are walking around the city late at night, then we recommend that you try to walk in pairs or groups and always stay alert and cautious. Try to stick to streets that are well-lit and are popular with other tourists.
By following these tips and having your wits about you, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy everything that the amazing city of Atlanta has to offer.
Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the founder of ESBO ltd a brand mentioning company. He is also passionate about meditation and healthy living. You can find articles on such topics at his spiritual blog Dzhingarov.com.