How Safe Is Savannah for Travel?

Savannah, United States
Safety Index:
70

Savannah, the historic riverside birthplace of Georgia, was settled in 1733 by British colonists.

As a result, Savannah is one of the few major cities in the South with antebellum charm and architecture remaining intact.

Savannah has one of the largest historic districts in the country.

There are many exciting places in the city.

For example, City Market.

This is a multifunctional project in the northwest corner of the historic district.

The city market has established itself as a place of entertainment, restaurants, and shops in the center of Savannah.

River Street is a famous cobblestone street (one way east) along the south bank of the Savannah River, is lined with numerous tourist-targeted shops and restaurants.

There are also many parks and art galleries in Savannah.

Warnings & Dangers in Savannah

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Savannah is generally safe during the day, especially in tourist areas and in the city center. However, it is not recommended for walking alone in the city late at night. Always watch your things. Park your car in secure parking lots and always lock it.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Public transportation is safe enough but always watch your pockets. It is better to use a taxi at night. Taxis are convenient and secure if you use licensed services. Always be vigilant and alert to the people around you.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets operate mainly in tourist areas and crowded places: at bazaars, at train stations. Keep your things to yourself; do not carry a lot of cash and valuables with you. Original documents are best stored in the hotel safe and take copies with you.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The savannah is subject to a small risk of earthquakes and is significantly susceptible to tornadoes. Examine the weather conditions before your visit here and take appropriate security measures.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Serious robberies and assaults with the aim of robbery happen here quite often. Especially in adverse areas. Do not draw unwanted attention to yourself, move around the city in groups, avoid walking alone at night. In case of an attack, contact the police immediately.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Terrorists can try to carry out attacks in this region. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and be vigilant at all times. Study the political environment before your trip here.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

The main types of fraud are related to cyber fraud. They include sending SMS and emails to display your data and the data of your cards. Be careful not to share this information with third parties.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Women can travel alone to Savannah if they adhere to security measures: do not walk around the city and beaches late at night, do not attract too much attention to their behavior and clothes. Be mindful of your surroundings and avoid areas remote from the city center.

So... How Safe Is Savannah Really?

Savannah is a reasonably unsafe city.

The crime index ranges from medium to high.

The main problems here are robberies and assaults, car theft and theft, vandalism, violent crime, and drug problems.

Nevertheless, the historic Savannah district is entirely safe for exploring the area day and night.

Better to be in a company than one.

Outside the historical site, district crime is more common.

When studying a historical area, remember that this is a tourist area, and there will always be those who hunt tourists – be careful, but especially at night.

One still needs to follow the dictates of common sense to avoid being victimized.

Don’t walk around alone at night, particularly in unfamiliar neighborhoods.

Lock vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

For cars, perhaps you need to be especially careful – the number of car thefts and hacks is enormous.

Be sure to close the car and park in a guarded parking lot to avoid problems.

Never leave anything in the car, not even trinkets.

Do not get involved in any relationship with drug dealers; drugs are illegal here.

Nevertheless, there are many who wish to offer or sell them to you.

Keep an eye on your drink at the bar – there have been times when strangers added opiates to rob a victim.

How Does Savannah Compare?

CitySafety Index
Savannah70
San Diego67
Miami55
Honolulu65
Chicago65
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Savannah for ideal weather are March to mid-May. Average temperatures in Savannah vary greatly, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.
  • Airports - Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is a commercial and military use airport in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Savannah/Hilton Head International is located 13 km northwest of the Savannah Historic District.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Savannah Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 11° C
Feb 13° C
Mar 16° C
Apr 20° C
May 24° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 16° C
Dec 13° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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161821252932333230262118
Low
°C
571014182223232116107
High
°F
616470778490919086797064
Low
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414550576472737370615045

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6 Reviews on Savannah

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    Anonymous says:

    What!? Savannah is rated as the top 20 dangerous US Cities!!!!!!!!!!

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    Christian says:

    A great way to spend a week or so.

    If you like historic cities this is one place you should visit. Art galleries, beautiful parks, restaurants and shops make Savannah a place to visit and stay for a while. A great way to spend a week or so.

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    Don Davies says:

    Informative!

    Thanks for the information. I generally think that if you follow these, you will have a safe and enjoyable trip to Savannah GA! I also suggest you find the best hotels in safe locations to really make sure you are in a secured place!

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    Liliana says:

    Plenty to see but not very safe

    While I agree with a lot of things, I would not rate Savannah as a 70 on the Safety Index. I think it wouldn’t pass 55 tops. The city has interesting things to see and do but there are pickpockets everywhere and just like the article mentions, everything is at a medium risk for sure. Muggings happen in the nighttime but also in the daytime and you need to be careful especially in the rough neighborhoods. There are all sorts of scams going around here, not just credit card frauds so be careful who is watching you while you withdraw money from an ATM. As a woman, I would never come here alone. Even if you’d pay me.

    Pickpockets seem to be the biggest problem. Any crowded area or event is filled with them. It’s easy to spot them in most cases but they are getting more sophisticated and sometimes they won’t be so easy to see. Keep your valuables in a safe place and your phone tucked away. I saw someone steal a phone from a person’s hand and it took them a few seconds to disappear in the crowd.

    Like I said, the Safety index should be updated. I don’t know if Savannah was once safer and maybe deserved a 70 but now it is not that anymore.

    As for things to do if you are here I would visit Cathedral of St. John the Baptist which is a delightful piece or art in my opinion (especially the inside of it). The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is one of the best WWII museums and I’ve been to plenty of them since both me and my husband are fans. This place is a treasure trove of stories and information about all phases of that conflict. I highly recommend you visit it while in Savannah as it’s easily one of the best things to see here.

    Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences was opened in 1886 and includes both American and European works of art from the 19-20 centuries period.

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    Don Davies says:

    I really think Savannah Georgia is safe in general and I’ve been there on so many occasions. It’s even my favorite place actually. Thanks to sites like visitsavannah.com , I was able to get to know about the beauty of Downtown Savannah!

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    Lulu Lacy says:

    Had a wonderful, fabulous, fantastic trip to Savannah on 6/26-7/2/22-just 2 weeks ago.

    Everything: from picking up the rental car at the Savannah Airport, to our perfect hotel on Bay Street in the Historic District, to our Sunset Cruise on the Atlantic/Savannah River bay, day-trip to Jekyll Island to see the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Hospital, to the walk around this J.W. Marriott historic hotel-Gem and Mineral Exhibit, to walking and flying our drone on Riverstreet-by the river at night, to eating at the Churchill Rooftop Patio Bar, to walking through City market and visiting artists galleries and visiting with artists in their studio.

    We had zero problems! We felt safe walking to some of the squares from our hotel; we walked around in the evening- honestly this article is just a repeat -saying the same thing over and over from previous articles on how unsafe Savannah is.

    Well, we found it to be beautiful, clean, historic, romantic, the nicest -sweetest -calm and friendly people; and we are in our 50’s-so please take this article with a grain of salt. We got along really well while in the heart of Savannah.

    The only complaint would be the lack of public use -restrooms on Tybee Island. And on the 4th of July, there were supposed to be 46,000 people there for the fireworks. So tell me, if there wasn’t a single Rent-a-toilet on any of the beaches, where did they use the restroom? The ocean? oh my!

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