Georgia : Safety by City
- East Columbus
- East Point
- Johns Creek
- Peachtree City
- Peachtree Corners
- Sandy Springs
- South Fulton
- Tybee Island
- Warner Robins
Welcome to the affluent suburban oasis of Johns Creek, Georgia.
It’s one of the most in-demand suburbs for those who are doing well for themselves and want a quiet community to raise their family.
What’s great for residents is troublesome for tourists, as the city doesn’t host a lot of tourist attractions.
It lacks the big shopping centers of nearby cities and doesn’t so much as have a Target or Walmart.
That’s a little odd for a city with 82,000 people.
The city limits lie along the Chattahoochee River on the Southside, leaving a few inlets for tourists to take a dip in the water or canoe down the river.
It’s not a dining paradise, but you will find a range of upscale restaurants that take you through multiple courses down to finger-licking good barbecue.
Just when you think this city might be a little too uptight for you – spend an evening at Dancing Skulls to get one of the only party atmospheres in town.
There are a handful of hotels near the border with Suwanee, but that’s all you’ll find without driving further to one of the other suburban cities nearby.
Rental homes are going to be hard to come by here and the few you will find are going to be $500+ per night.
Warnings & Dangers in Johns Creek
OVERALL RISK : LOW
There's a low overall risk here. This is a dense suburban area and much of it lies behind gates and strict rules of HOA. Crime rates are incredibly low.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Neither MARTA nor Xpress bus systems come through Johns Creek. The city isn't along any major highways, which is great for residents to avoid freeway noise but makes for a lot of traffic to navigate for tourists. Taxis and rideshares are your best bet for getting around Johns Creek. There's low risk with any option, but not having a car will be a disadvantage for sightseeing.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Five pickpockets were reported in 2020, which isn't a huge concern. There's still a low risk, but each of those incidents averaged $330 stolen. Even though this is a more affluent area, don't risk your best bag by trying to keep up with the Johns'.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
You're going to face a medium risk of severe thunderstorms throughout the year, especially in spring. There are a lot of ways to be warned about approaching weather, so it should never catch you off guard, and you should never take a forecast with a threat of severe weather lightly.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There were just four robberies in Johns Creek in 2020 and only one was in a public place. There's a low risk of being mugged here.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Since it's part of the Atlanta area, it's going to be at constant medium risk. This is due mainly to the size of the population in the metro area and how an attack could disrupt the transportation hub here.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Scammers are going after the rich homeowners here via phone calls and emails. Tourists don't really flock to Johns Creek, so there aren't any scams against them. I would issue a word of caution about rental scams. I looked at all the popular rental websites for homes in Johns Creek. Two things of note - some listings call their home "Johns Creek" when it's technically in a bordering neighborhood. This is most likely to jack the price up on you. Second - there are less than a dozen homes or rooms actually for rent in Johns Creek, and they are pretty expensive. If you see a deal that seems too good to be true - proceed with caution and verify the owner and rental rights before you give any personal information.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women are safe here with low risk. This just isn't a city with inherent dangers lurking anywhere. There's even a tunnel made in the name of art.
TAP WATER RISK : LOW
The director of the Fulton County water supply calls the tap water "exceptional" and the annual water report backs up that there's a low risk in the water. It meets or exceeds all required standards.
Safest Places to Visit in Johns Creek
Much of what there is to do in Johns Creek is outside or involves an outside activity.
There are six golf courses, but only one of them is public and that’s RiverPines Golf Club.
The other clubs only allow guests if they are with a member.
I don’t even want to tell you how high the memberships are at those other golf clubs.
The Autrey Mill preserve is a great place to spend the day.
It’s more than just the three miles of hiking trails through the protected natural area.
There’s a village to explore the heritage of Johns Creek and a farm museum to explore as well.
There’s an audio tour of this area you can program through your mobile device without having to download an app.
The animals at the visitor’s center are pretty cool to see and feed the Nigerian Dwarf Goat for me if you have the time.
Military supporters and veterans will want to see the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park.
This trail has monuments and memoirs along the path and benches if you need a moment to pause.
“The Wall That Heals” replica is now at home in Newtown Park as well.
This is the replica of the Vietnam veterans wall in Washington.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is just next door and there’s plenty to do on and off the water.
There are parts of the river where wearing a personal floatation device is required, and parts where it’s an option.
However, anyone 13 and under must wear one at all times.
Research the safety rules of the river ahead of time to have an enjoyable experience without any surprises that accompany this unique waterway.
Places to Avoid in Johns Creek
Crime maps show the highest crime area is on the north side of the city where it borders Alpharetta.
However, crime rates are so low in Johns Creek it’s not an area to avoid at all.
Avoid trying to go into the gated communities if you are not on someone’s guest list.
Even if there isn’t a guard to tell you to turn around, sneaking in behind another car is going to be caught on camera.
Your innocent trip to see majestic real estate could end up with you getting pulled over.
There are stunning homes in Johns Creek, and for the ones on public streets, feel free to drive around.
You aren’t going to stumble into a bad neighborhood.
Avoid trying to sneak into the country clubs too.
I promise you, inside there are just uptight rules and standards of behavior, dress, and photography.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Johns Creek
- Johns Creek Police Department takes crime mapping to a whole new level. There’s a map, charts, graphs, details, and summaries of crimes dating back at least a decade, including the newest crimes. Check it out before you go, but download the guide first and have a good internet connection as it’s quite massive.
- If you get information about a crime after the fact, you can call (678)474-1610. That’s the tip line. There’s also a spot on the homepage to email the information.
- Get the Johns Creek Police Department app in Android or iOS app stores. Search for JCPD4Me. This will get you all the crime and safety information plus social media sites in one location.
- Sign up for CodeRED emergency weather alerts in Johns Creek. This covers floods, tornadoes, thunderstorms, or any other kind of severe weather that can happen in the city.
- The city of Johns Creek has teamed up with Waze to provide road construction and closure information on the mapping system. This is an added bonus for those who already use Waze or a chance to try it out if you’re hooked on another mapping app.
- On the Johns Creek city website, look for the maps section. There is a long list of maps that help you find everything from historical markers to pothole-prone streets. It’s a great way to get a lay of the land before you go.
- If you’re going fishing during your visit to Johns Creek, you’ll need a license from the state of Georgia. It’s not difficult to get, but it is required. The department of natural resources website can help point you in the right direction.
- Johns Creek isn’t along with one of the major interstates or roadways, but it does lie between two of them. Many people use Johns Creek as a shortcut to get from one highway to another and that means much more traffic on the roads than anyone would like. Be patient. In the Atlanta area, I always double the commute time anywhere I am going, just to be safe. Traffic is just crazy there.
- You’ll need bug spray while you’re here because the humidity helps fuel the mosquito population. If you have a selection of perfumes or colognes, avoid anything flowery because that will attract the mosquitoes even more.
- If you’re going to spend time on the Chattahoochee River, you’ll need to know the flow rate of the water and the river gauge. Due to dam releases upstream and weather impact on the flow rate, the water could be challenging to even stand in, much less kayak on top of. This info is available on the park’s website.
So... How Safe Is Johns Creek Really?
It’s a sleepy suburb where home prices are driven up because of long-time safety ratings and low crime numbers.
Just a few years ago, it was rated one of the best places to live in the entire United States.
There’s a one in 2499 chance of being a victim of a violent crime.
That just might be the lowest I’ve seen in 200 travel safety articles.
Of the 33 violent crimes reported in 2020, 64% of them were in private residences.
38% of the thefts were from vehicles.
This is a city with some very nice cars, so your Honda rental might not be a big target, but when we travel we tend to pack a lot of stuff in the car (or is that just me?).
Remove all belongings and put them in a safe place in the hotel or rental home.
Don’t leave so much as a GPS stand in the car, as even that will attract thieves.
You can have a safe stay in Johns Creek, but to punctuate the point – this is a mostly residential community.
You won’t find shopping centers or the main street core of things to do.
There are other safe communities nearby that offer more amenities, but you should have no reservations about safety when it comes to making reservations in Johns Creek.
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- Visas - Visas are processed at the point of entry into the United States. Once you're cleared to be in the country, you can travel freely.
- Currency - You can only use the U.S. Dollar here. You might find that some parks or attractions in this region charge non-residents more than locals. That's just a way of life here. I've seen it in many cities I've researched.
- Weather - You'll want light, loose clothing for the warmer months and a hat will help hide the sweat pouring from your hairline. Just remember, men, in the South you remove your hat when you go indoors. The winter is a roller coaster of weather, but rarely will you need a winter coat.
- Airports - The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is the biggest airport in the South and it's about 40 miles away. As I write this, it's 4:30 pm Atlanta time, and half of the highway between Johns Creek and the airport is red, signaling a high traffic volume. The ride is going to take at least an hour, but plan for no less than 90 minutes.
- Travel Insurance - You'll appreciate the peace of mind with travel insurance for the trip to and from Johns Creek, and for any incidental accidents or trouble along the way.
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