Especially for people who are unfamiliar with big cities, it’s important to think about some of the security risks associated with travel or living in a big city such as New York, San Francisco, London, Barcelona, Tokyo or others. Whether you live in a big city (and are concerned about your family and home security) or if you’re just visiting, we have some ideas for you to keep in mind.
The general rule of thumb is to Always Be Aware. That means that when you are walking around a city, don’t keep your camera around your neck, your nose in a book, a map wide open. All of these things seem to point you out as a tourist and as a person who is ripe for a mugging. This should be a primary thought in your mind whether you are taking photos around the Louvre in Paris or walking to brunch. Both “good” and “bad” neighborhoods may be vulnerable to opportunistic criminals so you just try to always keep your head up and your eyes open.
Another good, very general rule, is to Be Smart. That means you shouldn’t venture into neighborhoods without good lighting, with a reputation for crime or unsavoriness, or flaunt your wealth in areas where wealth is uncommon. These are all very common sense actions and big city living and visiting requires a good dose of common sense.
A third rule that will help you with safety in a big city, is to Go with the Flow. Every city has its own rules and whether you are a tourist or a city-dweller, learn the rules of the city and follow them. In New York, learn to walk quickly and orderly on the sidewalk. In LA, learn to merge with traffic on freeway onramps. As you spend more time in a city you’ll get to learn the traffic patterns, the good and bad neighborhoods, the best time to go to the market and so much more.
Do you have any other simple go-to rules for visiting or living in a big city? We’d love to hear from you.