Sure, there's crime in New York City, but millions of people spend their lives here without being robbed and assaulted.

In fact, New York is safer than any other big American city, and is listed by the FBI as somewhere around 150th in the nation for total crimes.
While that's quite encouraging for all of us, it's still important to take precautions.
Visitors especially should remain vigilant, as swindlers and criminals are expert at spotting newcomers who appear disoriented or vulnerable.
Men should carry their wallets in their front pockets and women should keep constant hold of their purse straps.
Cross camera and purse straps over one shoulder, across your front, and under the other arm. Never hang a purse on the back of a chair or on a hook in a bathroom stall; keep it in your lap or between your feet with one foot through a strap and up against the purse itself.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
You might carry your money in several pockets so that if one is picked, the others might escape.
Skip the flashy jewelry and keep valuables out of sight when you're on the street.Panhandlers are seldom dangerous but should be ignored (more aggressive pleas should firmly be answered, "Not today"). I hate to be cynical, but experience teaches that if a stranger walks up to you on the street with a long sob story ("I live in the suburbs and was just attacked and don't have the money to get home"), you should ignore it--it's a scam. If someone approaches you with any kind of elaborate tale, it's most definitely a con game.
Walk away and don't feel bad.
Be wary of an individual who "accidentally" falls in front of you or causes some other commotion because he or she may be working with someone else who will take your wallet when you try to help.
And remember: You will lose if you place a bet on a sidewalk card game or shell game.
Certain areas should be avoided late at night. I don't recommend going to the Lower East Side, Alphabet City in the far East Village, or the Meat-Packing District unless you know where you're going; don't be afraid to go, but head straight for your destination and don't wander onto side streets.
The areas above 96th Street aren't the best, either. Times Square has been cleaned up, and there'll be crowds around until midnight, when theater- and moviegoers leave the area. Still, stick to the main streets, such as Broadway.
The areas west and south of Times Square are not worth going to and should be avoided.
Take a cab or bus when visiting the Jacob Javits Center on 34th Street and the Hudson River.
Don't go wandering the parks after dark, unless you're going to a performance; if that's the case, stick with the crowd.
If you plan on visiting the outer boroughs, go only during the daylight hours.
If the subway doesn't go directly to your destination, your best bet is to take a taxi.
Don't wander the side streets; many areas in the outer boroughs are absolutely safe, but neighborhoods change quickly, and it's easy to get lost.All this having been said, don't panic.
New York has experienced a dramatic drop in crime and is generally safe these days, especially in the neighborhoods that visitors are prone to frequent.
There's a good police presence on the street, so don't be afraid to stop an officer, or even a friendly-looking New Yorker (trust me--you can tell), if you need help getting your bearings.