Arizona : Safety by City
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Gilbert, Arizona is nestled in the southeastern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
It has a more eclectic vibe than its neighboring cities and big brother city of Phoenix.
Gilbert ranks as one of the “Safest Cities in America” according to WalletHub in 2020.
Its food scene is getting national attention as well, whether you want big-name chef dining or mom-and-pop restaurants.
A community farm welcomes visitors and offers food and gardening tips with a nature preserve nearby.
If you’re in the mood for an old town Main Street, Gilbert has one, as well as a modern open-air shopping mall.
This city is a great getaway from the big city life while still having those amenities nearby should you choose to explore them.
You won’t forget the uniqueness of this blooming Arizona city that has seen the population grow nearly 10 times in the past three decades.
Warnings & Dangers in Gilbert
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Gilbert, Arizona, comes with a low overall risk. A growing population with a lower crime rate through 2019 puts it near the top of the FBI's safest cities list. There's a one in a thousand risk of being the victim of a violent crime.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
There is a low risk in Gilbert when hopping a ride. The Metro Valley rail and bus system goes through Gilbert, and you can grab a cab or rideshare. These options come with government or company license requirements. Gilbert is going through a master-transportation plan that should be done in March of 2022 to revolutionize travel in Gilbert. Biking is also a popular way to get around.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
The theft rate in Gilbert is almost half that of similar-sized cities in the metropolitan area, giving it a low risk. It's not a typical tourist destination, so thieves might be more likely to hit the bigger draws like Glendale or Scottsdale.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Medium risk of natural disasters exists in Gilbert and all Arizona cities. While locals tout the more than 300 days of sunshine, they sometimes fail to mention the summer monsoon storms that build up quickly and can be fierce with heavy rain, lightning, and thunder. There's also a wildfire risk as the Western United States is in a 20-year drought. Fires can impact air quality and road accessibility. With Gilbert being on the fringe of the metro area, it might be closer to the line of fire than other cities.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
The low theft and violent crime rates give it a low mugging risk. This doesn't mean you should let your guard down. Crimes of opportunity will be the most likely, so protect your belongings and be vigilant as you explore this unique city.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There's a low terrorism risk outside of the Hoover Dam portion of Arizona. The dam, which provides water resources to several western states, has long been a hard target of terrorists and is protected accordingly. That dam is nearly five hours away from Gilbert.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
You are at low risk of being scammed as long as you are aware of the common scams happening nationwide. Nothing about Gilbert makes it more likely to have scammers than anywhere else.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women face a low risk while visiting Gilbert and if they want some company they can reach out to the active Meet Up groups that do a wide variety of activities in town. The low crime rates make this an ideal getaway for a female traveling alone or with friends. The Gilbert Police Department also offers a Self-awareness Program for Women to learn more about solo safety.
TAP WATER RISK : LOW
The City of Gilbert Water Quality staff are always testing the water—sometimes up to 100 times a day. This gives tap water a low risk. The tap water also meets EPA and state water quality standards.
Safest Places to Visit in Gilbert
The charm and elegance of downtown Gilbert’s Main Street is a big draw. Locals call it the “Heritage District.”
This is where you want to indulge in a meal of your choice and you’ve got 30 options to choose from, including award-winning restaurants.
You can also build up that appetite by shopping at the boutiques that line the street for a one-of-a-kind find.
Regardless of when you visit, there’s probably going to be some kind of festival happening in the Heritage District.
The Farm at Agritopia is a community garden blooming in a neighborhood that is based on the principle of sharing.
Tree-lined narrow streets welcome tourists in to give and take gardening advice.
To get more outdoors, check out the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.
This 100-acre plot of land is designed to re-use the water supply, but the city decided to make it a tourist attraction as well.
Bike and walking paths weave around the area with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
The largest traditional shopping area is SanTan Village with big box stores and name-brand shops.
Placess to Avoid in Gilbert
There isn’t a place in Gilbert that isn’t safe for tourists.
Even crime maps show there’s mostly a low risk of crime in every neighborhood.
That’s not surprising for a city built on family traditions and community gatherings.
With the low crime rate and family vibe, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a nightlife hot spot in Gilbert.
That means you might have to venture to other, higher-crime areas to get an exciting night out on the town.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Gilbert
- Keep an eye on the skies. Monsoon thunderstorms form quickly and move along fast, dumping a lot of rain and filling up washes with water. Intersections can quickly get filled with water. Arizona does have a “Stupid Motorist” law that requires any person who causes a water rescue by driving through a flooded intersection to pay for the cost of that rescue.
- Keep an eye on the thermometer. The temperatures in the summer easily go above 100°(F) and that can make the pavement nearly 200°(F). Drink plenty of water throughout the day, twice as much as you would normally at home, and wear sturdy shoes that won’t soak up the hot pavement heat.
- Keep an eye on your skin. The arid climate can quickly take moisture of the skin and the lining of the nose. It’s not uncommon to have nosebleeds when visiting an arid climate like Gilbert. Keep the nose moist with saline solution and wear plenty of SPF-based lotion to avoid a wicked sunburn.
- Keep an eye out for critters. Scorpions, rattlesnakes, javelinas, and gnarly-looking spiders can be found throughout the desert region. Shake your shoes before wearing them to check for scorpions and report any snake you see to animal control.
- Don’t get too comfortable with that crime rate. Just because there is such a wonderfully low crime rate doesn’t mean there isn’t a crime. Pay attention to your surroundings, don’t wander into a strange neighborhood at night, and avoid drinking too much to lessen your response time should a crime occur.
- Let it go if you are a victim of a crime. Gilbert Police strongly recommend if you are the victim of a purse snatcher to not fight back and call the police as soon as possible. You don’t want to risk your life for your purse.
- Before you go to Gilbert, sign up for the Community Emergency Notification System (CENS) to get alerts to any threats during your visit. This includes weather emergencies, active shooter situations, or any other life-threatening possibility.
- Panhandlers might be seen at popular Gilbert tourist attractions. The police department sends a strong message to avoid donating to them and instead make a donation to a local organization that helps get panhandlers back on their feet, not just a meal for the night.
- Gilbert Police launched the #DriveSafely campaign to keep all drivers, locals, and tourists, in line with the law. They actively monitor and ticket traffic violations. If you do drive through Gilbert, obey all traffic laws.
- The city of Gilbert is home to more than 100 miles of biking trails and is a bike-friendly commuting city. If you see a green lane on the road, that’s for bicyclists. Be aware of bikes around you if you are in a car, and if you bike, stay distraction-free and obey the laws of the road. The Gilbert Bike Plan details everything a cyclist needs to know before pedaling off for a day of exploring.
So... How Safe Is Gilbert Really?
When the FBI says a city is one of the safest in the nation, you can’t argue with it.
The numbers don’t lie.
In a city of a quarter-million people, only one murder happened in 2019.
The Gilbert Police Department has made a conscious effort to prevent crime from happening and bring people to justice when they commit crimes.
The Gilbert Police Chief reacted to the city ranking as one of the safest cities nationwide by saying, “Gilbert’s safe city ranking could not be possible without the department’s dedicated employees who serve and protect our community and the support, relationships, and involvement of our residents.
We will continue to work with our community and take a data-driven approach to proactively reduce crime and keep Gilbert safe for all.”
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- Visas - You don't need any special visa to get to Gilbert. All that is taken care of at the border crossing of Nogales or the airport.
- Currency - The current is the U.S. dollar and you might want to safely stow some cash for some of the local shops if they don't take credit. Kindness is the only currency you'll need at the community garden.
- Weather - There's a really good chance it's going to be bright and sunny when you visit, so bring a hat and sunglasses. June - September you can expect high temperatures above 100°(F). December - February the temperatures can dip to the mid-40's for lows. Summer storms called monsoons to drop a lot of rain and sweep strong winds across the valley. Wildfires can happen any time of year and the resulting smoke can quickly impact air quality.
- Airports - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the biggest airport nearby. It's 18 miles away and it's going to take almost a half-hour to get there during non-peak traffic times. Add another half hour if traveling during the rush hour. The closest airport to Gilbert is 10 miles east. It doesn't offer as many flight options and connections, so the time you save by traveling on the roads might be lost in the skies.
- Travel Insurance - Travel insurance is a great idea so you can avoid any delays or cancellations along the way. With so many factors that impact travel, from staffing shortages to weather delays that ripple across the country, insuring your vacation gives you a great way to look forward to your Gilbert, Arizona vacation without worry.
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