Newark Warnings and Dangers
Although Newark has some great attractions, there are a few places neighborhoods you should avoid. The crime rate in Newark is 25 percent higher than the national average, so heed these warnings before visiting Newark.
Statistically, Newark is near the top for the highest rates of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, and car theft in the United States. Avoid both Upper Rosedale and the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhoods.
In West Side, the crime rate exceeds the national average by more than 60 percent. The danger increases if you head over to the Springfield-Belmont neighborhood, where the crime rate is nearly 70 percent above the national average.
Drug Trafficking, Gangs, and Violence in Newark
Drug trafficking is common around 6th Avenue and North 5th Street. Local officials cite the Chadwick Corridor neighborhood as one of the most violent districts in the city. Violent criminals and known drug dealers account for the flow of heroin and crack into the area, along with the use of weapons in an attempt to control and intimidate people.
Panhandlers at Penn Station Newark
The panhandlers around Penn Station Newark (Pennsylvania Station) can get a little aggressive, so try to avoid them if you can. If you give to one, you may find yourself a target for other panhandlers.
Do Not Wander Alone
Do not wander around alone unless you know Newark very well. Travel and hang out in groups for added safety.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Newark warnings and dangers.