How to Stay Safe in New York

New York is a generally safe city to travel to, but you should use your normal judgment to discriminate situations. Stay away from deserted blocks or streets, watch out for gangs and obvious criminals. While NYC is mostly safe, it's still a city and it will have some funky characters on the streets. Make sure to not wear expensive clothing or items that other people can tell were costly. Leave valuables at the hotel or where you are staying in order to keep them safe. Don't bring more cash than you think you'll spend that day. Make sure you always know where you wallet and purse are at all times, especially in crowded areas. Don't hang your purse on the back of your chair when you're at a restaurant or you're sitting down somewhere. Be polite to panhandlers but gently ignore their offers to hail you a cab, often at busy areas like Penn Station or Port Authority.