How to Travel Through New York City Safely

How to Travel Through New York City Safely
Forbes reported that New York City is one of the safest cities in America according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. There are a number of police officers patrolling on the streets and undercover agents riding the subway. You can travel though New York safely by using common sense and not putting yourself in dangerous situations. Take the basic precautions and just be alert of your surroundings while sightseeing and taking the subway.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Street and Subway Safety

Things You’ll Need:
  • MTA subway map
  • MTA subway map
Step 1
Avoid drawing attention to yourself while sightseeing. You should discreetly take pictures and don't block the flow of pedestrians sidewalks while doing so. This can make you look like a tourist and easily get you targeted by pickpockets. You might want to wear your necklace under your shirt or flip the stones to the inside of your palm while wearing rings and walking around the city.
Step 2
Familiarize yourself with the subway system to know what trains to take and carry a map with you at all times. You can get a city map for free at any MTA subway station or visitor's center. Don't ride in an empty subway car if you are alone, because you'll be an easy target for pickpockets. Move to a car with other riders or a conductor if you find yourself alone, according to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Step 3
Don't leave valuables unattended. Purses and bags should not be hung on the back of your chair in a restaurant. Keep them out of sight and don't hang your camera around your neck. The New York City Police Department suggests that purses should be held close to the body and wallets should never be carried in the back pants pocket.
Most hotel rooms come equipped with a safe and it should be utilized to store important documents like passports or airline tickets.
Step 4
Ignore scammers and panhandlers by avoiding eye contact. You will get people offering to help you find your subway stop or bus terminal at Port Authority. These people might seem friendly, but they will rudely suggest that you owe them money for their services if they assist you. Some con artists will tell you that they need a few dollars to get back home. If these people were really in trouble, they could go to the police and not have to beg for fare.
Step 5
Ask for assistance if you need help or call 911 in case of an emergency. Most New Yorkers will help you if you are lost and you can go into any shop to ask for directions. You should carry important phone numbers on you at all times. It is also a good idea to have at least three phone numbers for cab companies so you don't have to take the train alone at night.

Tips & Warnings

 
Don't carry large sums of cash on you. Carry identification on you at all times.
 
Don't carry large sums of cash on you.
 
Carry identification on you at all times.
 
NYPD warns visitors not to fight to hold on to their belongings in the event of a robbery if there is a weapon involved.
 
NYPD warns visitors not to fight to hold on to their belongings in the event of a robbery if there is a weapon involved.

Article Written By Stephanie Armstrong

Based in Los Angeles, Stephanie Armstrong has been a professional writer since 2006. Her articles have been featured on websites such as PopEater, Moviefone, AT&T, GoDaddy, The Frisky and more. Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Science in film and television from Boston University.

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