Arizona : Safety by City
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Tucson is the second-largest city in the state of Arizona.
The best thing about Tucson is it’s proximity to some of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see.
Arizona is an incredibly ecologically diverse state, within a few short hours you can drive to serene lakes, huge mountains, and beautiful desert landscapes.
There are places with water and falls in the mountains surrounding Tucson, as well.
The wildlife is extraordinary.
Roadrunners, javelinas, quail, rabbits, coyotes, etc. are quite common.
The weather is remarkable in the winter months.
You would rarely require a winter coat in the daytime.
It rarely rains, and it is sunny on average 286 days out of the year.
Warnings & Dangers in Tucson
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Tucson, unfortunately, can't be considered a safe city. It's not as dangerous as many others, but it requires a special amount of awareness and caution.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Although reliable, taxis and other means of transportation are only somewhat safe to use in Tucson, apart from pickpockets and petty thieves in buses, trains, and stations that may try to steal from you while it's crowded.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Tucson has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the USA. Bag snatchers aren't a rare sight either. Be very careful when on the streets of Tucson and leave all your valuables at home.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
During the monsoon season (which usually lasts between July and September), Tucson does experience flash flooding. Do not drive across a flooded road that is barricaded, by no means. Also, If you go walking in the desert parks, or on your own, you should learn desert-safety tips.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Muggings and other forms of violent crimes are common in Tucson. Residents of Arizona are allowed to carry concealed firearms and this applies to Tucson too, so be very careful, especially after dark.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Excluding isolated mass shootings, Tucson hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There aren't many scams in Tucson. Still, be wary of people trying to distract you to steal from you and of people overcharging you for various services. We advise you to be extremely careful when handling money and around ATMs.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Tucson, unfortunately, isn't safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females specifically but extreme caution is advised. Following basic precaution measures should minimize the chances of anything going wrong.
So... How Safe Is Tucson Really?
Tucson isn’t a safe city, though many that live here and that have traveled here have gone through the city without any problems.
In certain areas of Tucson, there is a lot of crime, mostly theft related.
Tucson does seem to have a bit of a drug problem, mostly with methamphetamine.
Many people living in Tucson haven’t encountered this problem, but you might run into some zombies walking the sidewalks on your way to work.
Depending on where you live, this might be a problem.
There is a huge homeless problem that the government does nothing about.
This, coupled with an enormous drug problem creates utter chaos and child abuse rates are quite high.
Property crime is high, particularly in urban areas.
You can easily have your car broken into, your garage too, and your house burgled.
Many species pose a threat, such as black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, scorpions, centipedes, Gila monsters, etc.
Even “jumping” cholla cactus can ensnare you and make you wish you were anywhere else.
The thing for which you probably aren’t prepared is the fact that you might see rattlesnakes, a scorpion, a centipede, a Gila monster, and a mountain lion from much too close, and also by accident.
How Does Tucson Compare?
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- Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
- Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Tucson. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available.
- Weather - Arizona's climate is arid and semi-arid, characterized by sweltering summers, cool and dry winters, and mostly clear skies year-round.
- Airports - Tucson International Airport is a joint civil-military airport, serving Tucson. It is located some 13 km south of downtown Tucson, in Pima County, Arizona. It is the second busiest airport in Arizona.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Tucson, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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