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Is Orlando Safe? What You Need To Know

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Aside from theme parks, dozens of lakes, and, well, more theme parks, Orlando, Florida, is a city known worldwide. But you may not know whether it’s a safe place to take your family on your next Floridian adventure.

Here’s the thing about Orlando: it’s one of the biggest tourist hubs in the world. While it isn’t Rome or Paris, it is still a place where unsuspecting visitors will be preyed upon because it’s easier done in crowds.

So regardless of the city’s nitty gritty crime statistics, it’s crucial to use your common sense whether you’re at Walt Disney World or meandering through the Orlando International Airport.

With two of my best friends (and my mini best friend, their toddler) living in the Orlando area, I try to get down to see them at least once a year. If you take nothing else away from this article, recognize that if you are from a big city like my home, Chicago, Orlando is nothing to be worried about.

And if you’re from a small town, just be aware of your surroundings. Orlando is far from one of the most dangerous areas in the country, but you can still take steps to protect yourself — even if it’s something as simple as finding the right travel insurance.

So, the question stands:

Is It Safe To Visit Orlando?

Orlando downtown skyline at night
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When it comes to visiting Orlando, safety is always a top priority. This land of theme parks like Universal Studios and Walt Disney World can be magical. Even so, the city’s crime index still indicates some room for concern.

Albeit, the bigger issue in Orlando isn’t violent crime, but rather property crime. That makes sense since millions of tourists flood into this central Florida city each year for vacation. Tourists are prime targets for property crimes worldwide, so Orlando is far from an exception.

All of that said, overall, Orlando is a very safe city. Especially if you plan to spend most of your time at theme park spots or touristy areas like International Drive, these tend to be among the safer spots in the city.

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Orlando Crime Rates

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As we’ve already mentioned, Orlando’s crime rate is a pittance compared to other major cities around the county. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions when visiting the city, though it should alleviate some concerns. Let’s take a peek at some figures sourced from

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