With its strong safety record and a million things to do, see and experience, New York City is a popular destination for women travelling alone. When it comes to big cities, New York is safer than places like Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit, but there is still a lot of danger in a city with nearly nine million people. One colleague told me that you are less likely to be a victim of a crime in New York City, but you are more likely to witness one. The One World Observatory, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the tallest building in New York.
One explanation for the city's relative safety is that murder scares people more than accidents, and the risk of homicide is higher in urban counties - though not in New York City. CBS New York reported that West Village and Greenwich Village had seen the biggest increase in crime in the city and all districts. For those who want to enjoy the nightlife, the New York City Office of Nightlife provides crime and safety reports from around the area. Locals tell us that the subway is still the best (and cheapest) form of transportation in New York.
Although there are muggings, pickpockets and some people can be rude, New Yorkers are very protective of others and most likely have been in their shoes. When we add up all the risks related to going to work, school or anywhere else you have to go, New Yorkers are only one-third as likely to die in transportation accidents of any kind than Americans overall. There's no doubt that New York City has a lot to offer, but it's important to be aware of potential dangers when visiting.