St. Louis, Missouri
When we think ‘danger’ we don’t usually think ‘Missouri, USA’. But St Louis is in fact USA’s most dangerous city with a shocking homicide rate of 87 killings per 100,000 residents, the highest on record since 1970. Missouri has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country; it is an open-carry state that doesn’t require background checks or a permit to have a gun. Gun violence is a huge problem in St Louis and can happen at any time to anyone, including young children who end up in the crossfire. There is a very high risk of homicide in St Louis, federal agents made over 1000 arrests related to shootings in 2020. There is also a high risk of thefts, assault and rape in some parts of the city.
Traveling via the city’s public transport is not always safe, robberies can happen at bus or train stations. For instance The Metrolink does see a lot of crime – even some violent crimes. As a tourist you shouldn’t wander through the city without knowing where you’re going. It’s best to have a local show you around and research where you shouldn’t go as there are pretty rough area (Peabody-Darst-Webbe, Old North Saint Louis, Wells-Goodfellow).