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Old 03-18-2008, 12:25 AM
 
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I have never been to Wilmington but plan on visiting this summer with my family. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what areas are considered safe and what areas one should stay away from due to higher crime?
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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there isn't any rhyme or reason to the crime down here. if you are in the heart of downtown during the day you will be find. a lot of homeless people and beggars once the sun goes down though. downtown is generally safe. once you get to about 7th or 8th street, it gets bad until you get to around 20th. then it is good for a few blocks and then it gets bad again!
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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jmarquise is right about the spottiness of the crime. I've lived downtown in the "historic district" and had my car broken into, but also have lived on the north side of downtown and had zero problems. There are pockets of areas that you wouldn't want to go walking at night, but there are plenty of areas downtown and elsewhere in the city that are just fine. Best advice I can give is to use common sense and be aware of your surroundings.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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Default Wilmington NC Crime

Higher Crime rates in Wilmington NC are routinely found in:

The area between Hugh Mcrea park And Dawson Street. This includes Jarvee where Wachovia locked it's doors to walk-in customers. This area has also proven problematic to service workers - police, fire, power, sewer, cabs. This area occasionally has problems with flying debree over the roadways.

Avoid Castle Street at intersetions grater than 5th street and less than 17th street.

Avoid Northern Downtown Wilmington east of 4th street, west of 17th street, north of Princess & south of the 3rd street bridge (bypass). This area has problems with gunshots, stabbingsm and drugs.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:51 PM
 
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Stay away from the downtown area and "numbered streets". The river area is usually pretty safe and a block west of it due to the tourists and activity going on there.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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Why would you tell people to stay away from downtown and the "numbered streets". I don't think this is exactly accurate. There are certain areas that have a better reputation than others, but to say that all downtown is unsafe is not true. Remember the murder in Landfall??
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I actually don't find any place in the immediate downtown area to be unsafe. you are good up to 3rd-4th st. not really sure why you would even be walking in that area though unless you had to go to new hanover county court or something.
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