How To: Stay safe in a big city

Stay safe in a big city

Before you get started exploring a big new city or even just getting reacquainted with the one you live in now, make sure you aren't putting yourself in any unnecessary danger. Memorize good traveler habits that will keep thieves and scam artist off your back.

Don't let your fears or your naivete stop you from having fun in the city. Find out what others have learned to become street savvy.

You Will Need

* A map
* Walking shoes
* A cell phone
* The right attitude
* A confident walk
* Awareness
* Trust in your instincts
* Caution
* A cross-shoulder bag (optional)

Step 1: Map out the day

Map out the day, literally. If you're headed for parts unknown, consult your map and write down directions.

Step 2: Dress for your adventure

Dress simply and wear comfortable walking shoes. Leave the jewelry at home.

Step 3: Get an attitude

Prepare yourself mentally before you open your door to leave.

Step 4: Act the attitude

Act the attitude. Let the attitude show in how carry yourself. Walk briskly and with purpose.

Step 5: Always be aware of your surroundings

Stay on well-lit streets. Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. If your instincts give you a nudge, pay attention and move away.

Step 6: Exercise caution on public transportation

Exercise caution when using public transportation. Sit near the driver on a bus and in the conductor's car on a train or subway, especially during off-peak hours.

Step 7: Cross the street if someone's following you

Cross the street or change direction if you think someone is following you.

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