Detroit, Michigan USA
Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan has a dark side. The city has gone through a major economic and demographic decline in recent decades and the population of the city has fallen from a high of 1,850,000 in 1950 to 680,000 in 2015. Local crime rates are among the highest in the United States and vast areas of the city are in a state of severe urban decay. In 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history, which it then exited in 2014. Poverty, crime, shootings, drugs and urban blight in Detroit are ongoing problems. The Gratiot area cutting through the 48205 ZIP code, is one of the most dangerous in the United States, which is referred to by residents as “4820-die.” Gratiot is home to the gang Seven Mile Bloods, who significantly elevate the Detroit crime rate with their drug deals and shootings.
Scams & Pickpocket Risk: HIGH
Scammers are common in Detroit, including a lot of ATM scams and scams aimed at unsuspecting tourists. Pickpockets take advantage of the care-free tourists that flock to Detroit year on year, especially in Detroit’s Downtown.
Transport And Taxis Risk: MEDIUM
Detroit has good transport systems, but traveling via public transport is not recommended at night as it’s common to be robbed or harassed at bus or train stations.