Here are our top tips for staying safe in NYC:
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.
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.
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.
Prepare your daily routine with safety in mind.
Be mindful of the people you see day in day out, and report any suspicious activity.
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