Camden Warnings and Dangers
Heed Camden Warnings and Dangers
Camden, New Jersey is just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, but it has dangers similar to major cities. Here are Camden warnings and dangers you may encounter.
Avoid Camden, NJ if You Can
It’s rare that cities get such negative reviews, but seasoned travelers warn others to stay away from Camden, New Jersey, if possible. The area around the USS New Jersey and the New Jersey State Aquarium is nice, but much of the city is seedy and crime ridden. One reviewer saw a carjacking occurring, and it’s not unusual to hear gunshots. Occasionally people mistake kids playing with fireworks for gunshots, but gunshots do happen here frequently enough to merit warnings. Investigating any gunshots are a bad idea. If you’re sure you heard them, call the emergency number (911) and have the police investigate it.
Camden Police Presence
Not surprisingly, with Camden’s serious crime problem, you can expect to see a large police presence. For travelers, this means that any infraction of the law (including traffic violations), may garner law enforcement’s attentions. If you do have to speak to the police, be polite and respectful. The officers have a tough job and being rude is not going to help your cause.
Know the Neighborhoods and Don’t Get Lost
One warning that crops up time and again is not to get lost in Camden. Know which neighborhood you’re in and avoid traveling to areas that look rundown and seedy. It is easy to get lost in Camden and end up in a bad neighborhood, so if you have to travel in Camden, be sure where you’re going and how to get there. Don’t guess — if the neighborhoods start looking bad, turn around and retrace your steps.
Don’t Go Out Alone
If you must travel to Camden, New Jersey, plan on having someone with you when you go places, whether it’s day or night. The tougher looking the person you’re traveling with, the more likely you won’t be bothered. The chances are good that nothing will happen to you, but given the crime, it’s probably best to travel in groups.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Camden Warnings and Dangers.