Warnings and Dangers in Houston: Areas to Avoid / Crime
Houston, Texas, is a diverse city with neighborhoods along major roadways such as the I-10 Interstate, 45 Gulf Freeway, 610 Loop, and the Beltway. If you are planning to visit Houston, it is important to know which areas to avoid for potential crime.
Rundown Areas Lead to Crime and Danger
Unfortunately, for every beautiful neighborhood like the Memorial area along I-10, there are rundown areas on the outskirts of Downtown Houston. Houston has two of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the U.S., according to the Houston Chronicle.
The areas to avoid are Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood near the University of Houston and Sunnyside south of Downtown Houston. These areas have a very high crime rate, especially for violent crimes. Another neighborhood not listed in the Chronicle report is the Southwest side of Houston. There is gang related activity, especially at night.
Be Cautious If Moving or Visiting
Houston is not a typical tourist destination, but because it sometimes hosts the Super Bowl at NRG Stadium, the city attracts a lot of attention. Whether you are moving to Houston or simply visiting, it’s important to be careful about who you trust.
There is a booming market for Houston movers and moving-related companies. Most companies like 3 Men Movers have a stellar reputation. However, other fringe moving companies will commit crime when taking your valuable possessions and promising to move them at a cheap rate. It’s possible you will never see your belongings again. Be sure to research moving or storage companies before relocating to Houston.
If you are visiting Houston, there are valuable resources for tourists, such as bus tours and Uber Houston. However, the city bus line is a potential source of crime. Be sure to stick to the tourist-friendly areas of Houston, like Downtown Houston, Memorial City, the Galleria area, and the Medical Center. You can always find an Uber to help you navigate the city without risking crime on a city bus.
Final Warning About Vehicle Crime
Watch out especially for vehicle burglaries in Southwest Houston neighborhoods. An organized group also recently targeted immigrant communities on the outskirts of Houston. If you are moving to Houston or renting a car when visiting, be sure to get quality car insurance. Also, lock your car and protect your valuables if you are in a sketchy area.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to avoid in Houston.