Arizona : Safety by City
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- Oro Valley
- Sierra Vista
Kingman, Arizona, is as much rooted in the past as it is branching out for the future.
It’s the “Heart of Route 66” and still pristinely showcases the hallmarks of America’s favorite cross-country road trip.
Kingman was a city before Arizona was a state, and played a major role in rail transportation as well.
What looks like it should have been a mining town was actually a railroad town.
Through economic ups and downs, Kingman stood strong.
It is also a major transportation line now with several large distribution companies and access to major highways in all directions.
The small town has plenty of room to grow in the open desert and the bigger towns of Phoenix and Las Vegas are just a few hours away.
Even the west side of the Grand Canyon with its popular “Skywalk” is just 90 minutes away.
You can skip Napa because the soil of the Kingman area grows some amazing grapes and several wineries serve up the best wine you might ever taste.
There’s a distillery too.
It will be near impossible to leave Kingman without humming… “🎶I get my kicks.. on Route 66…”
Warnings & Dangers in Kingman
OVERALL RISK : LOW
There's a low overall risk in Kingman. The crime here has a few things that stand out so I'll walk you through those. This is also a small town, so 2-3 crimes in any category higher or lower can skew the results of the "averages." Overall, this is a town that is trusted with immense amounts of traffic by train and car, for business and personal reasons.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Let's be honest, if you're coming to Kingman you probably are in a car already because it doesn't have an airport and it's quite a hike from the closest commercial airline. If you want to get out of the car and let someone else drive, Kingman Area Regional Transit (KART) is the way to get around the city. There are taxis and rideshares as well. If you don't want to drive through the desert for the attractions, there are many options through Desert Wonder Tours. All of these come with low risk.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
There were no pickpockets reported in the latest data from the Kingman Police Department. You should still keep your belongings secured, especially if you're on a crowded tour.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There are several risks here including flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, extreme heat, and wildfires. There's a medium risk, but that holds true across all of Arizona. There is really good information on how to be safe in these events on the Arizona Emergency Information Network website.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There is a really low risk of being mugged as Kingman had just 17 robberies in 2020. In fact, the city hasn't had more than 25 robberies in a year going back to 2010. You're safe here.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There's a low risk in Kingman itself, but there are medium-risk locations nearby like Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. For example, if Hoover Dam was destroyed, it would knock power out to millions of people in Arizona and Nevada, not to mention the insane amount of water coming down the Colorado River that would wipe out many cities along the way. Luckily, Kingman isn't on the river, but it's close enough to be concerned about either flooding or fallout from the catastrophe.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
The scams reported by Kingman Police are more the type to impact locals, like utility bill scams. There's a low risk of you getting scammed. There are a lot of tourist attractions around this area, so make sure you go through the official ticket websites or locations and don't go for some random deals you might find on the internet.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
I'm a middle-aged woman who, when I was a young adult, drove through Kingman twice in my adventures. As much as it seems "out in the middle of nowhere", it was also a beacon of destination being nearby (Las Vegas). This is about as comfortable and safe as I've ever felt at a pit stop to get gas and grub on a road trip. I even walked my dog around the area and felt safe. One note I will say for driving safety — if you are driving west on I-40 across Arizona, try to avoid doing that drive as the sun is setting. It goes RIGHT into your eyes and it makes it really hard to see the road sometimes. I had sun blindness for a few days after one poorly timed trip.
TAP WATER RISK : LOW
The tap water is safe to drink, but it is at a "high" susceptibility rating. Here's what that means from the City of Kingman's 2020 annual report: "A designation of high risk indicates there may be additional source water protection measures that can be implemented on the local level. This does not imply that the source water is contaminated nor does it mean that contamination is imminent. Rather, it simply states that land-use activities or hydrogeologic conditions exist that make the source water susceptible to possible future contamination." So, you are safe to drink the water, but check the water conditions when you get there just to be sure.
Safest Places to Visit in Kingman
I will forever kick myself for not doing more exploring in Kingman because — Wow!
There’s so much to do.
You have to start on the Route 66 stretch of downtown.
There’s a self-guided walking tour that should be available in your hotel brochure display or you can swing by the Kingman Museum to pick one up for free.
I hope you wear good shoes because this is a tour with more than 40 stops.
If you need fuel, I’ve seen several videos of the food from Mr. D’s restaurant and there’s everything from a hot dog with mac and cheese to a burger so big a knife has to hold it together to some of the best old-fashioned sundaes ever.
When you want to relax with a glass of whatever you drink, there are several wineries available.
I was especially moved by the story behind the Stetson Winery that started with a night on the patio with friends and ended in a business dream coming true.
Cella Winery is another popular spot.
If Route 66 isn’t historic enough for you, visit White Cliffs Wagon Trail.
You can still see the wagon grooves in the road paved by mine workers to and from the mines.
The area is surrounded by the Hualapai Mountains (pronounced: “Wall-uh-pie”).
You can hike through miles of the desert up and down mountains or head up to Hualapai Mountain Park where you’ve got the desert or pine forests to choose from.
Desert Wonder Tours is a great way to see more of Arizona without having to pay for gas.
The options take you to Lake Havasu, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park for a horseback ride, on a winery tour, or a view of historic ghost mining towns.
For one of the best Instagram moments, don’t leave town without taking a picture with Giganticus Headicus.
Placess to Avoid in Kingman
Kingman is such a small town that when a crime map tries to show the highest-crime locations, it covers the entire bulk of the city.
You won’t have to worry about accidentally turning into a bad neighborhood as the area is safe.
The biggest thing to avoid is leaving your car unlocked or with the windows rolled down.
There’s a one in 320 chance of a car getting stolen here and it’s one of the biggest crimes reported in the annual statistics.
Also, half of the thefts reported here are shoplifting.
Not that you would even think about shoplifting, but just know the stores are onto this crime trend and taking steps to stop the rising rates.
Police are also involved in a business safety program.
You want to avoid driving out of town for an adventure without a full tank of gas.
There aren’t a lot of stops south and east of here.
Also, bring water and check to make sure the spare tire is inflated before you go in case of any breakdown.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Kingman
- Download the National Weather Service app so you can keep up on any changes to the weather in Kingman. Parts of the mountains here get snow, wildfires can kick up, and severe storms can quickly lead to street flooding. You should also make sure your mobile device is WEA-enabled (Wireless Emergency Alerts) to get alerts.
- To check on wildfires, there’s an Arizona Wildfire Response Dashboard updated around the clock. You can keep track of current fires and fires in your path of travel. The wildfires here can quickly become massive and life-threatening. There’s also a concern about air quality when fires are burning nearby.
- Major highway crossroads, like in Kingman, can lead to sex trafficking sightings or arrests. It would help if you got educated just a little about what to look for at a gas station or in a parking lot. There are telltale signs, like a scantily dressed young woman with an older man being watched intently or held by her arm. Or a woman being dressed in little clothing when it’s really cold outside but still just wandering outside. The Arizona Governor’s Office has great resources, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.
- Mojave County, where Kingman is located, has a Silent Witness program where people can report information they know about a crime and it’s anonymous. If you see a crime happening, you can call 1-888-227-8780 to report information.
- You’ll see freeway signs around Kingman with messages. Here’s what they mean; an Amber Alert means a child is missing, a Blue Alert is when a suspect is at large who has injured or killed an officer and is a threat to the community, and a Silver Alert is when an elderly person with certain health issues goes missing.
- Check the tires on your car even if you have a rental. The Arizona heat and hot pavement can cause damage to tires. It can also impact the air pressure in the tires. Make sure you’ve got the right amount of air and there isn’t any “heat rot” on the tires.
- Look up “dust storm” and “Kingman” on YouTube and you’ll see just how dangerous these can be, not to mention the dust gets into your car engine. If you ever see a dust storm passing in front of you, just let it go. Wait it out. I once raced a dust devil (a mini-tornado filled with dust) for about 30 miles along I-17 on my way to Phoenix. It kept trying to cross the road so I’d slow down, then it would move in a different direction and I’d speed up, and on and on.
- If heavy rainfalls, there is likely to be flash flooding on the streets. You’d think a desert would soak up the water, but much like water hitting a dried-out sponge, at first it just rolls right off. You’ll see signs warning “Turn Around, Don’t Down” and that’s aimed at people who think they can cross flooded roads. Please don’t.
- There’s an upward trend in vehicle thefts in Kingman and the police department is working with the state to curb thefts. The Arizona Department of Insurance says that even having one anti-theft device in a car is enough to potentially deter a thief, or at least have them look for a nearby car that doesn’t. Get a wheel lock and always remove any valuables or portable technology from your car.
- Kingman is a small town, but it’s growing rapidly and a lot of unknown people pass through here. When you meet strangers, even on a tour, be careful how much information you give them. Even questions like, “Where did you grow up? Really, what high school?” means you could be giving away popular security question answers for a banking website. ( ie. “In what city were you born?” or “What high school did you attend?”) Of course, you can also choose to answer the security questions incorrectly, like with a different city or rival school. Just be sure to remember it.
So... How Safe Is Kingman Really?
Kingman is a small town of 33,000 people that has grown by 12,000 people in the past 20 years and keeps growing.
With a population boom, it’s going to bring more crime.
When you look at it just compared to the national average, violent crime, theft, and motor vehicle thefts are above the average.
Robberies and rapes are below the national average.
Violent crime is below the Arizona average, and property crime is above it.
Let’s look at theft.
As it stands using all the numbers, there is a one in 37 chance of you being a theft victim.
When I take shoplifting incidents out of that, the risk goes to one in 72.
The city has had 11 homicides in the past decade.
The biggest risk for a tourist is motor vehicle theft and making a poor choice during a severe weather event or not planning for summer desert heat properly.
You should always have your guard up when traveling, especially in a transient and touristy town, but you also don’t have to worry about walking down the wrong street into gang territory either.
Basic safety standards will go a long way here.
Oh, and don’t speed on I-40 or Highway 93.
The Arizona Highway Patrol watches those like a hawk.
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- Visas - When you processed your Visa at the airport, that's the extent of it. No additional ID is needed to get into Kingman. You will need an ID for some of the tours, to get a rental car, and if you want to drink alcohol.
- Currency - The U.S. Dollar is the only currency accepted here. Use a credit card if you can instead of cash. When filling up or making a purchase, be sure to cover up as you enter the PIN. You don't want a shoulder surfer to get that information and people have been known to watch PIN entries with a long lens from far away. Make it impossible for anyone else to see.
- Weather - You're getting the softer side of Arizona here in the winter. It's about as close to winter as you can get in the state. From November through March you'll have highs in the 40s and 50s with lows down to freezing in the coldest part of winter. In April and May, you get the 70s and 80s during the day and 40s or 50s at night. Summer heat starts in June and lasts through September, with highs in the 90s. Lows will be in the 60s or 70s. Bring layers, sunscreen, and a couple of pairs of comfy walking shoes. Bring hiking boots if you're heading to the mountains.
- Airports - The airport in Las Vegas, now called Harry Reid International but was formerly known as McCarran International, is less than two hours away. BONUS: You'll get to drive over the Hoover Damn! Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is about three and a half hours away.
- Travel Insurance - You should get travel insurance for a trip to Kingman. Tour buses can have accidents, flights can get delayed, and the weather can cause disruptions to travel as well.
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