When it comes to big cities, New York is one of the most dynamic places in the world. But is it safe to visit? In reality, crime rates in NYC are similar to those in other big cities. If you're worried about violent crime, it doesn't usually happen in tourist areas. Non-violent crimes, such as larceny and pickpocketing, are your biggest concerns as a tourist.
The overall risk is medium and some high-risk areas that you probably won't go to anyway as a tourist. To help you stay as safe as possible, here are some of the best safety tips for traveling to New York: always ask for a receipt and keep it until you review your credit card statement online after your trip; avoid incomplete areas at night; be aware of pickpockets and small-time thieves in tourist areas; and if you choose to share an Airbnb, such as a private room, check that the host has a verified Airbnb account. Yes, it's safe to ride bikes in New York, especially since the city has focused on bike lanes in much of the busiest areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn. And don't worry about your phone running out while you're out exploring - there are plenty of free things to do in New York! Crimes aimed at visitors are really hard to find, and that's because New York is a very safe place for women, alone or in a group.
Uber is also safe in New York - just be sure to compare the information in the app with that of the car (and driver) that appears. So if you're visiting for a long weekend, a day, a week, or a month, you can rest assured that New York is almost as safe as any other major city in the Western world. Follow these safety tips and you'll be able to enjoy all that NYC has to offer without worrying about your safety.