Personal Safety: Our Top Tips for Staying Safe in NYC.

Here are our top tips for staying safe in NYC:  

  1. Reduce opportunities that make you a target.

Make sure the bags you are carrying are easy to let go of. Injuries can occur if straps are placed across the body, neck, shoulder etc in the event of someone snatching the bag. Always let go, especially if a weapon is involved! Carry your pocketbook close and clasp towards you. Do not keep your wallet in your back pocket! Keep your belongings close. The back of a chair in a restaurant or bar is an easy target. Be mindful in crowded spaces such as the subway. Be aware of pickpockets.

  1. Stick to places you are most comfortable and increase awareness.

Be street smart! Well-populated and well-lit streets are the safest routes to travel. If you think you may be being followed head into the nearest store. If you are being followed by a car, turn around and go in the other direction. Yell for help.

  1. Trust your instincts – Don’t be embarrassed to speak up!

If you are driving, be aware of people around your car, check the back seat and make sure your tires are not flat. Keep the windows up and the doors locked! If someone attempts to force you off the road, remain calm and blow your horn continuously to attract attention. If forced off the road, stop, put your car in reverse and back away.


  1. Prepare your daily routine with safety in mind.

Be mindful of the people you see day in day out, and report any suspicious activity.


Stay Safe!


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Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP