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Old 01-24-2020, 05:54 PM   #1
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So I may be going to work in Brownsville and with it so close to the border I was wondering how safe it is and how worried should I be about truck getting stolen or broke into?
Also any good but doesn't break the bank day hunts / fishing trips.


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Old 01-24-2020, 06:02 PM   #2
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Will you be living in Brownsville? There can be an issue with vehicle getting broke into or stolen it’s always been a little bad.
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:08 PM   #3
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I’ve worked down there many times with no issues.


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Old 01-24-2020, 06:32 PM   #4
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I ate lunch there with my wife last week, seafood was weak, their water district will sell you water at 25 dollars an acre ft. Less than 5 k acre ft remain, buy ASAP
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:33 PM   #5
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I was scared to death
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:30 PM   #6
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:45 PM   #7
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So you took the job as a tail-gunner on a Budweiser Truck?









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Old 01-24-2020, 07:48 PM   #8
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Safe. I was born and raised in Brownsville and we never had any issues.

Well one time my moms Tahoe was stolen, but we got it back after a chase when they were caught trying it to drive it across. But heck, trucks get stolen everywhere.
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:58 PM   #9
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No way I would move my family to Brownsville or any border town
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:07 PM   #10
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Not my family just me .

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Old 01-24-2020, 08:08 PM   #11
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If the pay is right!!!

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Old 01-24-2020, 08:09 PM   #12
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Of the time I spent working in the area, there would need to be a SIGNIFICANT increase in pay before I would ever live down that direction.

I hated ever living millisecond I had to spend down there.

Couldn’t tell you about safety though now days. Like most things in the media, I would guess most “headlines” and “news” is to sell media, not reporting reality.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:09 PM   #13
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Take a tow strap with you. I swear every 6th car in Brownsville is being towed. If you break down you can always find someone to tow you where need to go.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:13 PM   #14
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It's not safe, try Chicago.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:13 PM   #15
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According to TBH pretty much every place is safer than Houston
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:20 PM   #16
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I worked in that area many years ago and it was fun, decent, good folks. Today, too many troubles up and down the border. Better know your way around! It can be Ok and still good folks. Just be careful, as if that does not apply to "anywhere".
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:24 PM   #17
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I would not worry about Brownsville. I live about 30 miles to the west. Crime everywhere in the Rio Grande Valley but probably on a par with the rest of Texas metro areas. Most stuff has to do with drugs. If you are not buying or selling you will be fine.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:26 PM   #18
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Of the time I spent working in the area, there would need to be a SIGNIFICANT increase in pay before I would ever live down that direction.

I hated ever living millisecond I had to spend down there.

Couldn’t tell you about safety though now days. Like most things in the media, I would guess most “headlines” and “news” is to sell media, not reporting reality.
Pay is real good or I would work 6 hrs from home.

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Old 01-24-2020, 08:27 PM   #19
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I would not worry about Brownsville. I live about 30 miles to the west. Crime everywhere in the Rio Grande Valley but probably on a par with the rest of Texas metro areas. Most stuff has to do with drugs. If you are not buying or selling you will be fine.
May look you up when I get down there.

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Old 01-24-2020, 08:30 PM   #20
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Take several TBHers advice on here, stay in Mexico.....really safe there.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:32 PM   #21
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It's not safe, try Chicago.
Yep. I was told not to make eye contact driving through Chicago. Than on my way to Indiana I took a wrong turn and saw a billboard "no Kidding" that said Murder Capitol of the ? world I think it said. I ran a light and a stop sign to get back on course. Good folks everywhere in our Great Nation. Be careful south and even in Garey Indiana
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:02 PM   #22
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I feel safe when I visit. Compared to your local areas on USA Today crime index, Brownsville has less crime than Liberty or Baytown. Personally I feel safe when visiting the Valley, but I don't put myself in any situation as I am not drawn to intoxication or vice.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:13 PM   #23
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Move to Edinburg.
Ritzy valley area..
No really its safe. We go down a couple times a year for vacations.
Never an issue.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:20 PM   #24
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No way I would move my family to Brownsville or any border town
Oh my, how will my family and I ever survive out here?
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:23 PM   #25
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I go to Laredo, Weslaco, Harlingen, Brownsville etc. I guess the thieves can tell how many miles I have on my truck and won’t touch it. :-). I have never felt unsafe in the valley.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:29 PM   #26
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Ok so it's safe.
What's good to do around there?
Hunting, fishing and family stuff.

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Old 01-24-2020, 09:32 PM   #27
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If you are scared of Brownsville then you are scared of America. Brownsville is no worse than anywhere in Texas.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:43 PM   #28
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Ok so it's safe.
What's good to do around there?
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Hunting and fishing all good all over lol. Not really a lot of places to day lease but you’re close to Laguna atascosa and teniente draw hunts. Great dove hunting in September

Only 30 minutes away from the island so fishing any time you want.

I live in Harlingen now because of work

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Old 01-24-2020, 09:52 PM   #29
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Yep. I was told not to make eye contact driving through Chicago. Than on my way to Indiana I took a wrong turn and saw a billboard "no Kidding" that said Murder Capitol of the ? world I think it said. I ran a light and a stop sign to get back on course. Good folks everywhere in our Great Nation. Be careful south and even in Garey Indiana
Gary, Indiana is internet famous for it's crime. Even the cops tell you to not stop at red lights or stop signs after dark.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:56 PM   #30
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They like F250s in the border towns
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:22 PM   #31
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I grew up just north of Brownsville. Lived there up until 7 years ago. It's safe. Very chill. If there were more opportunities for me there I would still live down there. The people are friendly. South Padre has the best beaches in the state. Plenty of great places to eat all over the Valley.

Hunting and fishing. The best waters for inshore fishing in the state. The lower Laguna Madre has gin clear water. Awesome sight casting for specks and redfish. Plenty of snook to catch as well. Dove hunting is awesome early in the season. Hunting on Laguna Atascosa is challenging but you can have a shot at some decent whitetail and nilgai.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:48 PM   #32
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Your in Brownsville Tx. On the border of Mexico. Plenty of thieves, drugs and drunks. Brown town as the locals call it, is as safe as you make it. Don’t be an easy target.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:59 PM   #33
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If I had to work down there I’d stay in Port Isabel. 20-25 miles away and just an awesome place.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:09 PM   #34
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You do realize this is still the United States right. Just as safe as any other town. Just mind your business and don't put yourself in any procurious situations and you'll be fine. Only danger you'll have is your waste belt growing. Spent a few months down there out of a shipyard never had any trouble with that town. Everyone I met was friendly. But if your vehicle is a new 3/4 ton ford it is more appealing to truck thieves.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:41 PM   #35
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You do realize this is still the United States right. Just as safe as any other town. Just mind your business and don't put yourself in any procurious situations and you'll be fine. Only danger you'll have is your waste belt growing. Spent a few months down there out of a shipyard never had any trouble with that town. Everyone I met was friendly. But if your vehicle is a new 3/4 ton ford it is more appealing to truck thieves.
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:33 AM   #36
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Gary, Indiana is internet famous for it's crime. Even the cops tell you to not stop at red lights or stop signs after dark.


Internet famous?
Gary Indiana is a ****hole
Did some plant shutdown work there in the 90’s.... I believe UPS or FedEx took some heat for removing their drop boxes from there because of drivers getting shot at....media made it a racial thing

No eye contact in Chicago? lol
With the exception of a few areas, Chicago is a great place for a big city

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Old 01-25-2020, 05:37 AM   #37
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I work with too many Mexicans (they're from Mexico. I guess its ok to say Mexican if they're from there, right?) that all say, "Don't go to Brownsville. Don't do to Laredo. Don't got to Acuna. Don't go to Juarez." They don't even go down there. ok, good enough for me.
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:49 AM   #38
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Wow a lot of people that have never been to Gemba.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:17 AM   #39
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I grew up in Brownsville but live in Port Isabel now. It's safe there, but the traffic sucks. Nothing wrong with working there if you could live out this way. Check with gbludau. He lived in pi for awhile working on some pipeline.

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Old 01-25-2020, 07:20 AM   #40
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Lotsa ignorance on this thread...been watching live pd & tickled to have spent my decades on the border, but don’t condemn any other city based on the violence caused by a few thugs.

If you like to hunt & fish it’s heaven...my only problem is the growth & has been in the top 5 areas in regards to expansion for a decade or more for a reason. I would commute from Laguna Vista or Port Isabel as well. I’m 60 miles up river.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:41 AM   #41
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I've never lived in Brownsville, but I've worked and gone to school there for many years. Just like any other place there's gonna be hooligans around, but I've never had a problem while I was there. I live in San Benito, which is about 10min away, and I work at HEB in Harlingen.

As far as fishing there are tons of places for both freshwater and saltwater. But for hunting you have to find the right place in order to get on some decent game (at least in my experience). Of course as mentioned before there's the refuge to apply for drawn hunts. Also some ranches offer day hunts.

All in all it as "safe" as any other town in my opinion.

Hope the info helps. If you need help with anything don't hesitate to ask. Good luck to you sir.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:43 AM   #42
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According to TBH pretty much every place is safer than Houston
Especially if you hunt in Mexico.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:37 AM   #43
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Some good posts by people that have spent time in the area. Post Isabel not far away. Fishing is excellent. Finding a place to hunt can be challenging. An archery club just SW of LaFeria off of Bass road called Golden Eagle Field Archers.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:44 AM   #44
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If you are scared of Brownsville then you are scared of America. Brownsville is no worse than anywhere in Texas.
^^^This....I'd rather live in Browntown than L.A. or Houston or Dallas....I live in Edinburg and have all my life....I"m sure if there are stats on vehicles stolen in Texas cities, Dallas and Houston would have more stolen than Browntown...bigger cities, more folks, more opportunities for thievery....
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:44 AM   #45
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Find a place to stay in Harlingen or Port Isabel and commute if possible. I have never felt unsafe in Brownsville just not a great place to live in my opinion. I work in the valley and none of my associates live in Brownsville LOL
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:45 AM   #46
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It’s safe. You have nothing to worry about. People won’t mess with you. You want Togo shoot hogs hit me up. I got kayaks if you want to do some fishing.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:03 PM   #47
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Pay is real good or I would work 6 hrs from home.

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When I say MUCH MORE, I mean like a 400-500% increase.

The area is THAT bad. Not security issue bad, it is definitely a different way of life. Expedited means they might get to it in a couple days, if it isn’t too much of a hassle.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:16 PM   #48
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My MIL worked down there years ago. Her only complaint was the gentleman in the area were less than polite with their compliments.

Just don't wear your pants too tight and you should be fine.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:34 PM   #49
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My MIL worked down there years ago. Her only complaint was the gentleman in the area were less than polite with their compliments.

Just don't wear your pants too tight and you should be fine.
Pics of your MIL needed.
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25 years ago maybe. Now, not so much
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