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View Poll Results: Memphis is...
Very safe 1 0.93%
Safe 32 29.63%
Dangerous 34 31.48%
Very dangerous 41 37.96%
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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One thing you have to keep in mind is that crime statistics are more important than the anecdotal evidence you'll hear from your friends and on these forums. The fact about crime even in the most dangerous cities in the US is that most people are not victims of crime. So you're going to have a lot of people telling you things like "I've lived in Memphis my whole life and nothing bad happened to me!"

That said, Memphis is statistically one of the most dangerous cities in the US, the key phrase being "in the US." It's certainly nowhere near as bad as your post makes it sound, and it's certainly nothing like Sao Paulo or Johannesburg, the latter in which I lived for a year and feared for my life if I was in a bad area. Just stay out of the hood in Memphis and you should be fine.

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Old 11-03-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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Wow DoubleT, where in the world did you live and work? No doubt you did experience all that unfortunate stuff, luckily in my thirty plus years and my parents' sixty plus years in Memphis none of those experiences occurred with the exception of one break in and theft of a radio out of my old Chevy while I was in class at U of M many years ago.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: NE TN~ TriCities
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Wow DoubleT, where in the world did you live and work? No doubt you did experience all that unfortunate stuff, luckily in my thirty plus years and my parents' sixty plus years in Memphis none of those experiences occurred with the exception of one break in and theft of a radio out of my old Chevy while I was in class at U of M many years ago.
Well, that's why I said it was very true when bjh mentioned location.

I lived in Berclair and most of those incidents came from working at a retail store near Summer and Mendenhall. Many of those co-workers were from the Highland Heights and Nutbush areas. Living or working around poorer, desperate people ups your chances of being a victim, no doubt. Glad to be out of there.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: TN
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I have lived here for almost 30 years and have only experienced an auto burglary where I lost an empty backpack. The sad part was, I was in charge of security for that location.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Homeless
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My grandmother got her car broken into several times but we have suspicions on that one.
Once she got a different brand and model no problem. That was during the time oldsmobiles were getting hit for parts.

In my past I was affiliated with a less than savory lifestyle. However I never hurt anyone innocent nor stole as much as a piece of gum.
That plus being a rather large and rough looking man probably is the reason I have been fortunate so far to not be a victim of a crime.

My car windows were broken out and my hubcaps stolen once but that was some guy over a girl.

All and all i'd say if people try their best to stay aware, watch who they associate with, keep stocl of what areas they are in and the time they are there, and take simple precautions most crime can be averted. No guarantee but like anything else, one can only put forth all efforts.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: TN
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Ford trucks and SUV's are the target of choice now. No need to go into details or tell everyone how, but they are easy to get into.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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And you think Memphis is safe??


MATA Security Officer vs Thug In Memphis TN [Street Fight] - Caught on Camera - YouTube
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Buffalo
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EVERYWHERE in the USA has crime. EVERY major city in the USA has crime video like the one above. Do a youtube search and you will find a million videos just like it. In Memphis, the more violent crimes are concentrated in small areas of the city...before I get flamed, yes of course there are some violent crimes outside of those areas.

I lived in Memphis for almost 2 decades, and no I didn't move away by choice. I followed my job to another city, and hope to one day return to Memphis. I was never a victim of a robbery, a gang crime, a murder, a rape, an assault...save a few drunken swings at a bar at 2:30am. My car was broken into 1 time. I lived in Germantown, the Highland area, East Memphis, Olive Branch, Midtown, and Munford...in that order. Many of my friends were never a victim of crime, a few were. But if you play six degrees in any group of friends...one will be a victim or know a victim of crime, that's America

Memphis is just like ANY other major US city with a metro population over 1 million...It's got problems, but its not Gotham with evil bosses running around planning capers and running syndicates
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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True
Not necessarily true.

I was just your basic squeaky clean soccer mom type, living near a not so great area and working in a bad area.
25+ years in Memphis =

one case of vandalism, all my car windows smashed
two break ins, probably neighbors or friends of friends looking for things to pawn
in-law beaten and robbed while walking down a bad part of Jackson Ave
co worker shot at work over domestic dispute
co workers daughter killed when she unexpectedly came came home during a robbery
former co worker kidnapped and killed over drugs
neighbor kidnapped and killed over casino winnings
neighbor killed by enraged boyfriend
neighbor followed home from bar and beaten for his money
daughters former schoolmate killed while delivering pizza
armored car guard shot at the place I worked

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Granted a lot of the above occurred because of poor choices, walking in dangerous areas, flashing money, risky jobs, but some of it was people unfortunately being in the wrong place, or around the wrong people, at the wrong time.
I watch the news pretty often and have never heard on any of these crimes. I dont know anyone who has been harmed in any kind of way and I have alot of friend that live in South Memphis (like the fourth dangerous nieghborhood in TN!)
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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I've never been a victim. Crime usually isn't random, and even if you are in a bad part of town, it's not like people will be going out of their way to harm you.
I agree with this, but I will also add that I feel safer walking around NYC alone at 3 in the morning than I do in most parts of Memphis at night.
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