New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Staying Safe 

New York City is commonly believed to be a very dangerous city. However, it is statistically one the safest cities in the United States with crime here being lower than the national average. Crime reached a high level during the 1980s and early 1990s but went on a declining trend beginning in the mid-1990s. Much of it has been attributed to tougher policing, gentrification, and demographic changes. As in any city around the world, visitors should follow safety common sense precautions when in New York City.
New York City police

New York City police by Ciar

Common Sense Precautions
Besides being overcharged, the most common crime against tourists is bag snatching. While muggings are rare, they do happen in the city. A good precaution is to leave your passport and other valuables in the hotel safe. Do not flaunt your money, keep you wallet well hidden in your pocket, and never let go of your bag, especially in crowded areas such as the subways and during festivals. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in lightly-traveled or poorly-lit streets.

Certain neighborhoods in New York City are off the tourist path, considered dangerous, and should be avoided. If you think you have wandered into a dangerous area, get into a cab or go to the nearest subway station and go elsewhere. If a subway platform is deserted, stay within sight of the station agent. A good precaution is to stay and follow the crowd if you are in an unfamiliar area, especially at night. If you ever get into trouble, approach the nearest police officer, who are often friendly, polite, and very helpful.

New York City police car

New York City police car by Laslovarga

Visitor Encounters
New Yorkers are generally nice people despite the stereotype as being rude. Time allowing, locals are willing to help people asking for directions. However, the city does have its share of odd people such as talkative pan-handlers, lonely people just wanting a chat, religious preachers, and people with psychological disorders. If approached for a chat and you prefer not to speak with them, just ignore them or say “sorry, got to go” and walk away.

NYPD kiosk in Times Square, New York City

NYPD kiosk at Times Square by Dream out loud


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