Staying safe while traveling in New York City

New York is one of the world’s more inspiring and iconic destinations to visit. It’s full of legendary architecture and must-see sights. Every year tourists flock to the city to experience the hustle and bustle of this famous city. There are so many things to see and do in New York City, such as seeing a renowned Broadway show, taking in the bright lights of Times Square or admiring the views from the top of the Empire State Building. 

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It’s important to ask the question: is New York safe to visit? Traveling always comes with an aspect of risk, so it’s important to do your research before you travel. In general, New York City is one of the safer larger cities in the United States. Having said that, it’s a good idea to learn which neighborhoods are the safest and which areas to avoid. As a tourist, it’s also sensible to prepare for what to do in an emergency or if you’ve been involved in a crime or an accident during your travels. Click the link for more information on this and how to find a Freeport PI lawyer.

Top tips for staying safe in the city

To stay safe, it’s best to have an understanding of where to and not to visit in New York. Be prepared for pickpockets, make sure your bag is secure and visible at all times and your wallet is stored in a safe zip-up pocket.  At night, be sure to ride the subway when it’s busy, and choose carriages that have plenty of people in. Be aware too, that many of New York City’s busiest subways stations have higher crime rates.

Driving in and around NYC

If you’re planning to drive in NYC, it’s important to remember that rules and regulations in Manhattan may differ in your hometown. The streets are busy and full of pedestrians so it’s important to take care when driving. Signage can be difficult to understand and parking restrictions are expensive. Click the link for more information on highway and traffic rules in NYC. Car crime is common in the city so take care to make sure your vehicle is parked in a safe and well lit area. Make sure there are no bags or valuables on show, as well as checking all windows and doors are locked.

Public transport and viewing the city on foot

If you don’t want to drive, there are many public transport options, such as yellow cabs and the subway. There are many taxi options but official NYC taxi cabs are clearly marked, these are licensed and probably the safest way to travel. Travelling on the subway has its benefits: it’s fast and can help you avoid the heavy road traffic that often affects the city. It’s generally safe but it’s important to be aware of pickpockets. Be careful to travel in an empty carriage and if you’re travelling at night, the safest carriage to travel in is the conductor’s car. In the day time it’s safe to view the city on foot as most of Manhattan is safe for pedestrians and it’s the best way to see the buzzing city in all its glory.

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