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Old 04-27-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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My girlfriend and I may be spending four days in DC over the summer. We will be staying near downtown, and will need to get around on Metro. But now we have been hearing about youth gangs wilding on the subway, attacking passengers. Will we be safe during day trips to the museums? Is this happening at all Metro stations? What stations should we avoid?

 
Old 04-27-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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My girlfriend and I may be spending four days in DC over the summer. We will be staying near downtown, and will need to get around on Metro. But now we have been hearing about youth gangs wilding on the subway, attacking passengers. Will we be safe during day trips to the museums? Is this happening at all Metro stations? What stations should we avoid?
Be afraid!
 
Old 04-27-2011, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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My girlfriend and I may be spending four days in DC over the summer. We will be staying near downtown, and will need to get around on Metro. But now we have been hearing about youth gangs wilding on the subway, attacking passengers. Will we be safe during day trips to the museums? Is this happening at all Metro stations? What stations should we avoid?
Downtown should be reasonably uneventful, albeit crowded.

I've been riding for 6 years and never run into serious problems. We definitely have some behavior and criminal problems on the Metro, but the likelihood that you'll run into trouble in 4 days is very low.

If you really want to reduce the possibility of an unpleasant experience further, I would avoid the Metro around when school lets out (3:00?) and not really linger too long at the Chinatown or L'enfant Plaza metro stops. Be wary of your belongings.

All problems aside, we have an excellent metro system, and I think it's very tourist friendly. I hope you enjoy your visit.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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I agree with KStreetQB's comments. Also keep your phones, cameras, and electronic devices hidden where they cannot be snatched.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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It's not like there are violent gangs just swarming the Metro. A few incidents happened at one or maybe two stations, but hundreds of thousands of people ride the system day and night. The incidents make headlines but don't represent the daily experience. I ride it almost every day and have never seen any problems. Certainly no need to change your itinerary.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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Yeah I second the above. If you're just downtown or nightspots like Dupont Circle or U street then you'll be fine. The incidents are one of out a thousand. So just ride and be smart. Have a fun vacation.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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It's not like there are violent gangs just swarming the Metro. A few incidents happened at one or maybe two stations, but hundreds of thousands of people ride the system day and night. The incidents make headlines but don't represent the daily experience. I ride it almost every day and have never seen any problems. Certainly no need to change your itinerary.
OK. My girlfriend told me it's very dangerous there.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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OK. My girlfriend told me it's very dangerous there.
Get a new girlfriend.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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OK. My girlfriend told me it's very dangerous there.
Compared to a lot of places, statistically it is.

But that being said, it's not like you'll be in the Anbar Province of Iraq. Even I (a rather outspoken critic of Metro safety) don't usually feel unsafe on the Metro. If you keep aware of your surroundings and don't flash around any expensive items, you should be fine. All of the bad neighborhoods are not exactly tourist destinations, so barring some anomaly (e.g. that stabbing at the zoo on Monday) you should be fine.

These events make headlines largely because they do bring in ratings, but personally I make threads on them to bring attention to crime. Not because it's necessarily a "problem," but because I don't want it to become a problem. And if people are taking a firm stand against crime, it won't.

e: The troublemakers are usually incredibly easy to spot by the way.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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I haven't actually been aware the DC metro is such a dangerous place. Used to live in DC a few years ago and took the metro quite often. always felt safe to me and I didn't even bother taking off my jewelry. There are tons of tourists riding the metro, at least this was my impression. I am not aware things have changed, has it really gone downhill in a few years that much?

DC metro seemed always more sterile to me than let's say NYC subway, maybe some lines are better than others... I used to take Orange/Blue/Red lines and mostly to the museums or the shopping centers.
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