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Old 03-29-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: In the city
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Default PLEASE no more "is this area safe??" threads. I am losing it.

There are a million of them-- is Petworth safe? Anacostia? Adams Morgan? Dupont? Navy Yard? Friendship Heights? This intersection? This two square feet of sidewalk? Let's get it together, friends.

Sorry for the rant but I am SO tired of people from out of town, the suburbs, or even one DC 'hood to another asking "is it safe there?" There are so many old threads on this topic and they just keep on a comin'. Here is the answer:

1. Nowhere is safe all of the time.
2. If you act like a fool, people notice.
3. If you have money hanging out of your purse or wallet, people will steal it.
4. If you leave a bike on your porch that's not locked, consider it gone in any neighborhood.
5. Cars get broken into, even in the best neighborhoods.
6. There are LOTS of great tools to determine crime in any area-- see maps for areas where violent crime is more prevalent.
7. Sexual assaults can happen anywhere as (most often) the perpetrator is known to the survivor.
8. Individuals of lower economic status or racial background are NOT (and I repeat NOT) automatically criminals.
9. If you do drugs, you may get involved with people who increase your exposure to crime.
10. If you are too scared to come into the city, you probably shouldn't.
11. If you are worried about exposing your kids to poor/ethnically diverse people, or would be traumatized by having the windows broken on your car, urban life may not be for you.

I have been the victim of violent or property crime in Chicago, Baltimore, DC (violent crime, actually in Georgetown, which is widely considered to be one of the BEST places to live in the city) and SF. I have lived in cities my entire adult life. For many posters here, one experience would send them running to a gated community. I GET how scary it can be. But asking the same question over and over doesn't guarantee that YOU won't be affected. Even in the highest income areas, IT HAPPENS. So please stop asking. I may pop a gasket.

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Old 03-29-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: YOU are NOT a Washingtonian. YOU are a GENTRIFIER from the CVS, Whole Foods, Starbucks & Condos era.
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The ironic thing about all of this is many of these people are being victimized by their landlords every single month.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: You want kimchi with that?
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I have been the victim of violent or property crime in Chicago, Baltimore, DC (violent crime, actually in Georgetown, which is widely considered to be one of the BEST places to live in the city) and SF.
but cmon, Gtown has never been considered one of the lowest crime areas, like say upper NW, much less like many suburbs.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: In the city
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Honestly, it started when I was on M St with a ton of people around. Would rather not go into details on the rest of the situation, but seriously, if you ain't safe next to the Banana Republic, there's not a lot any of us can do.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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IS IT SAFE?





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Originally Posted by confusedasusual View Post
There are a million of them-- is Petworth safe? Anacostia? Adams Morgan? Dupont? Navy Yard? Friendship Heights? This intersection? This two square feet of sidewalk? Let's get it together, friends.

Sorry for the rant but I am SO tired of people from out of town, the suburbs, or even one DC 'hood to another asking "is it safe there?" There are so many old threads on this topic and they just keep on a comin'. Here is the answer:

1. Nowhere is safe all of the time.
2. If you act like a fool, people notice.
3. If you have money hanging out of your purse or wallet, people will steal it.
4. If you leave a bike on your porch that's not locked, consider it gone in any neighborhood.
5. Cars get broken into, even in the best neighborhoods.
6. There are LOTS of great tools to determine crime in any area-- see maps for areas where violent crime is more prevalent.
7. Sexual assaults can happen anywhere as (most often) the perpetrator is known to the survivor.
8. Individuals of lower economic status or racial background are NOT (and I repeat NOT) automatically criminals.
9. If you do drugs, you may get involved with people who increase your exposure to crime.
10. If you are too scared to come into the city, you probably shouldn't.
11. If you are worried about exposing your kids to poor/ethnically diverse people, or would be traumatized by having the windows broken on your car, urban life may not be for you.

I have been the victim of violent or property crime in Chicago, Baltimore, DC (violent crime, actually in Georgetown, which is widely considered to be one of the BEST places to live in the city) and SF. I have lived in cities my entire adult life. For many posters here, one experience would send them running to a gated community. I GET how scary it can be. But asking the same question over and over doesn't guarantee that YOU won't be affected. Even in the highest income areas, IT HAPPENS. So please stop asking. I may pop a gasket.

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Old 03-29-2012, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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M Street is often full of drunk frat boys so I'm not too surprised by Georgetown being higher in crime than other parts of rich NW.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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M Street is often full of drunk frat boys so I'm not too surprised by Georgetown being higher in crime than other parts of rich NW.
Arlington (Orange line) is even more full of idiot frat (or post frat) boys and there's even less crime there than in GT.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: USA
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lol..everybody seems to be paranoid on here.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Just wanted to point out that Georgetown has a rather high crime rate compared to much of DC. You're safer in Shaw and Hill East if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:48 AM
 
Location: the wrong side of the tracks Richmond, VA
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Washington Highlands is not safe. Any gentrifiers considering this area should stay far, far away. My car got attacked by a feral kitten the other day, I am SO moving when my lease is up!
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