Tucson Warnings and Dangers
Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and is part of the “Arizona Sun Corridor” where northern snowbirds go to escape the cold during the winter. If you are going to be traveling to Tucson during the year, here are some warnings and dangers tips to help you stay safe during your visit.
The Tucson area typically leads the country in property crimes like stolen cars, car break-ins, burglaries, and bike thefts. If you are going anywhere in Tucson, make sure you lock your cars and bikes, and never leave your car running or leave your bike unlocked so you can quickly dash into a store to get something. Your car or bike will eventually get stolen. One of the worst areas for property crimes is along the I-10 corridor where the inexpensive hotels are located.
The day time is usually pretty mild, but come nightfall drug activity and shootings regularly happen, especially in the southern part of town. Stay north of downtown to be on the safe side.
Monsoon season occurs during Late July and August. The bad thing is that there are no storm sewers to capture and direct the water away from the city. Instead, you will often experience flash floods as the water drains over the city streets. Even a light rain can cause flash floods. Pay attention to the “Do Not Enter When Flooded” signs. If you enter a flooded street and need to be rescued, Arizona has a “Stupid Motorist Law”. The Stupid Motorist law states that if a street has been closed due to flooding, and you drive into it and have to be rescued, you will be charged for the cost of that rescue.
Cautious drivers should be aware that many Tucsonans don’t stop at yellow lights. If you stop, and there is a car following close behind you, they may hit you from the back because they don’t expect you to stop. Tucsonans go through a lot of red lights, too.
Hiking in the Desert
Make sure to pack a lot of water, especially in the summer when the temperatures can be over 100 degrees. Use sun block and a wide brim hat even in the winter. Also remember, you are in scorpion and rattlesnake country, so watch where you place your hands and feet when climbing around.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Tucson warnings and dangers.