Safety in Big Cities

Let’s face it – The world we live in is very unforgiving.

If desperation could be measured than I could almost guarantee that it would be at an all-time high. With uncertain futures due to economic turmoil it seems likely that crime patterns will rise.

Recently, I have noticed an attitude that has worried me.

This attitude could only be described as a blissful ignorance towards your surroundings. Big cities are homes to some of the world’s biggest criminals.

Cities play host for millions of people each and every day which make it an ideal hide-out for any repeat offender. So instead of ignoring your surroundings let us take use some precautions to make you safer.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe in big cities.

Be Smart! Be Safe!

I know some of you are thinking that you don’t want to live in fear.

All I am asking is that you have these in the back of your mind and just be aware of the possibilities.

If you are proactive then you can prevent an incident from ever occurring.

 

  1. Learn your city – You never want to be lost in an unfamiliar place. Being lost induces panic in which makes you an easier target.
  2. Travel in numbers – A criminal is less likely to attack you if you are with a group of people. More witnesses lead to a better chance of being caught.
  3. Don’t look like a tourist – Tourists are generally easier targets. Running around the city with expensive cameras and “I love NYC” t-shirts is the equivalent to painting a bull’s eye on your forehead.
  4. Drink in moderation – The best bars are usually associated with cities and it is easy to get lost in the thrill of the night. Stay      composed and make sure you never leave your drinks unattended. The last thing you need is to wake up as a sex slave in a foreign country.
  5. Wallets and bags – If carrying a purse make sure it is fitting to your body and never loose hanging. As for wallets, always try and keep      your wallet in your front pocket. If you must have you wallet in your back pocket make sure to keep the longer side horizontal to your pants pocket.
  6. Jewelry – When wearing jewelry always have it concealed within your clothing. To the right eye your jewelry can tell thieves what you are worth and if you are worth their time.
  7. Phones – Phones are very distracting. Don’t spend too much time on your phone because it may distract you from what is actually going      on around you. Also, phones are just another item to be stolen; some smart phones could range in the hundreds of dollars.
  8. Never pursue a thief – Do not attempt to pursue the thief, even if you think you can catch him. Bag-snatchers carry knives so it      would be best to leave it to the police.
  9. Avoid Crowds – When in crowds you are more likely to bump into people. What feels like a bump could easily be a hand in your purse or backpack. Also, we live in the age of terrorism; crowds are perfect targets for suicide bombings.
  10. Know your surroundings – Always know who and what is around you. This will not be the last time that I speak on the topic of terrorism but recent plots have been stopped thanks to the alertness of pedestrians. Unattended bags should always be reported. Majority of the time it will turn out to be nothing but it is better to be safe then sorry.
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3 Responses to Safety in Big Cities

  1. Pingback: Santiago, Chile: Ignore The Naysayers « Mike Tends To Travel

  2. I agree. And tourist or not, in any city, big or small, or any other place for that matter, practicing caution is a must. Yes, I so agree with not living in fear but I also learned that while we can be trusting, we also shouldn’t tempt the universe.

  3. Nice post derubio, welcome to the team!

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