Charleston, SC

5 unsafe places to avoid in Charleston

Amy Christie

Its culturally rich heritage, the endless beach views peppered with dolphins, and the amazing waves hugging the shoreline will surely make your dream of epic experiences in Charleston, South Carolina. The flavorsome dishes and unique drinks also complete the vibe, but there’s something lurking beneath all the beauty.

Crime can still be found in the city and if you’re not careful you can get hurt. Choose wisely where you go and at what hour, so get the most of your trip without risking your belongings or even your life.

Here are the places you should stay away from in Charlestown:

1. Mount Pleasant

This place used to be a plantation back in 1803. Nowadays, the crime rate is high. Property theft is the most rampant and it affects homes, streets, bus stations, and public transportation.

Walking or biking should only be done during the day. Murders rarely happen, so that’s the only good thing that can be said for now.

2. Hanahan

Half of all reported crimes in this area are assaults. Rapes are also very concerning since the incidents are on a spike. There is also property crime in Hanahan, so be on the lookout for any suspicious movements when you walk around the place. Keep your purse strapped tightly to your waist and lock the doors every night.

The crime rate here is 60% higher than in the whole country.

3. West Ashley

Located west of the Ashley River, this place has a string of car thefts going on, frequent robberies, and murders. Police patrols can be seen often but the area is still struggling with the wave of crime threatening to engulf it. Stolen guns are also an issue, and many attacks happen unexpectedly.

Public transportation is relatively safe, so your wallet and purse should be fine.

4. Harleston Village

This area has a high property crime rate. Violence is less frequent, but your valuable possessions and your car could go missing in mere seconds. You can go walking or biking to visit the historic attractions in the daytime, but don’t forget to lock your car and keep your purse close.

Public transportation is relatively safe, but it always pays to strap your purse to your waist, so you don’t suddenly miss your wallet right when you need it.

5. James Island

This area is dangerous particularly because of highway intersections and property crime. Thefts occur frequently but the police are taking decisive action and the rate is going down each year. Murder and robberies are very rare here and commute routes have good records too.

If you plan to visit always keep in mind that you will need to lock your doors, never leave valuable items in your car, and make sure not to have very noticeable jewelry. Avoid using cash if possible. Credit or debit cards will save you the trouble of becoming a target for petty theft.

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