Memphis Warnings and Dangers
Memphis is a beautiful city with a terrific mix of historical interests and new attractions. Take a look at some of the possible dangers you might encounter while visiting the city, so that you can stay safe and enjoy your visit.
If you’re walking on or around Beale street, you’re likely to encounter panhandlers asking for money. There are signs in the downtown area requesting that you do not give money or change to panhandlers. However, if you do feel inclined to give, don’t take out your wallet to do so. Most panhandlers are harmless, but there are thieves that will snatch your wallet if you bring it out. It’s safer to give loose change from your pocket or avoid giving money to panhandlers entirely.
Graceland is a must-visit site for Elvis fans and history buffs, but the area can be dangerous, especially at night. Choose a hotel or motel in a safer part of the city, and plan a visit to Graceland during the day.
Take proper precautions when you do visit the Graceland area. If you drive, make sure to lock your car doors and don’t leave any valuables in plain sight inside your car while it’s parked. Car break-ins are not uncommon, and leaving an expensive item like a cell phone or camera on the front seat may inspire a robber to break your window, even if your car is securely locked up. If you walk, be alert and aware of your surroundings. If you have traveling companions, it’s always safer to go walking with a friend than by yourself.
When you want to check out the attractions downtown, you’ll find that many of them are in close enough proximity to each other to make it practical to walk. However, there are cabs and trolleys that will get you safely to your destination as well. It’s safer to use a cab or trolley at night, rather than walk too far through the downtown area, especially if you’re alone.
If you do walk, make sure to keep your wallet in your pocket or carry your purse close to your body. Don’t flash your cash or hold your wallet or purse where it could be easily snatched by someone passing by. Avoid wearing obviously expensive jewelry or calling attention to other expensive items that you might be carrying.
Drive with caution if you’re unfamiliar with the area and the local road rules. Keep your eyes open for drivers who run red lights, or who drive too slowly in the fast lane of the interstate. Staying aware of what other drivers are doing can help you avoid accidents.
By approaching your visit to Memphis with some commonsense precautions, you’ll avoid trouble and be able to spend your time enjoying your visit to the city.
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