紐約安全指數
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September 2, 2010 by HelloUS.com
保持在人口往來地區和提高自我的警覺可以讓你安全的遊走於紐約地區

很多人喜歡問紐約市是危險或是可怕呢?。身於紐約客多年,我對於很多人有紐約既危險且是犯罪溫床的印象感到驚訝!這些人對紐約的刻板印象不外乎從1970年代電影「計程車司機」和最近熱映的「紐約重案組」影集而有得知吧!

儘管有800多萬的居民,紐約市一直以來,都是在人口50萬以上城市安全排行榜中,保持在前十名。暴力犯罪在紐約市下降了三分之二以上。聯邦調查局報告指出,在2000年謀殺率是從1967年以來最低的紀錄。然而,遊客應該意識到很多騙子和竊賊都善於識「外地人」或有人正處於迷失方向或迷惑的四處求助。這些事實不應該讓你對紐約市感到害怕,擁有適當的基本常識可以讓妳處於安全的環境裡

最好對於乞討之人吝嗇給予他們注意!最簡單的方法─就是避免四目相接。一般來說,對於常見的請求,堅定得說「不」就可以被阻擋。常見的騙局是陌生人接近你,用哭泣的口吻,告訴你他們出門在外,回家之路不順,因為他們掉了錢包或是被鎖在辦公室了;可能是剛剛被搶劫,需要錢搭公車或是巴士!如果這些人有合法的問題,警方可以協助他們,所以不要落入他們的哀兵戰術。

扒手和騙子往往以團隊出現。其中一個人會引起混亂,可能是遺失或是丟掉某些東西,而其他人扒手則順手取走哪些不知情、試圖幫助或停下來看看人的錢包。擁擠的街頭表演,也提供類似的扒手機會。因此,雖然他們是精采的音樂家或藝術家;欣賞時請注意您的周圍並看好錢包和貴重物品。街頭遊戲也常常是騙術─參加幾乎保證讓你的錢有飛走的機會了。

最流行的旅遊目的地是相對人口眾多且安全的。白天,幾乎曼哈頓區都是可以安全步行 - 甚至Harlem和Alphabet,雖然外地人儘量在天黑之後避免接近。時代廣場則是個晚上遊玩的好地方,因為這裡到半夜依然是人山人海,直到午夜過後,看戲觀眾要回家。

讓旅行更安全的守則 (Safety Tips for Travelers )
  • 別把自己弄得像遊客
  • 注意雖身攜帶的物品
  • 在大眾運輸系統中,永遠把貴重物品放在前面視線在所及之地。
  • 不要炫耀貴重的珠寶或3C產品;如果有找錢包,請在店家內動作!
  • 不要一次提太多錢,到處都有提款機和接受信用卡!
  • 入夜之後,請在主要幹道上行動。
  • 如果迷路了,請直接找警察或是友善的商店
  • 如果不知道目的地明確位置或是附近安全,請搭計程車。
  • 許多的商業地區都是孤立的。
  • 如果深夜搭車,請站在「在下班時間火車停靠處」或是附近有地鐵亭的地方。乘坐車廂請選擇有人的區域或是有售票員的地方。


如果你發現了自己是犯罪的受害者,請與警方連絡。如果你有任何的緊急狀況,請打911。或是打311(免費電話)也可以馬上被處理。這支電話是24小時有人接通的!

________________________________以下為原文__________________
Many people ask me if New York City is dangerous or scary. Having lived here for many years, I'm constantly surprised at the number of people who have a perception of New York City as dangerous and crime ridden. A lot of this has to do with the depiction of New York City from the 1970s in movies like Taxi Driver and in more current television shows, like NYPD Blue and Law & Order.
Despite having a population of more than 8 million people, New York City consistantly ranks in the top ten safest large cities(cities with more than 500,000 people) in the United States. Violent crimes in New York City have dropped by over two thirds in the last decade and the FBI reports that murder rates in 2000 were the lowest since 1967. However, visitors should be aware that many swindlers and thiefs are skilled at identifying "out of towners" or folks that may seem disoriented or confused to prey upon. While this shouldn't scare you away from New York City, using common sense should keep you fairly safe.

Panhandlers are best ignored, and the easiest way to divert persistant panhandlers is to avoid eye contact. Generally, even the most persistent request can be deterred with a firm "No". One common scam is strangers approaching you with a sob story about living outside the city and having difficulty getting home because they left their wallet locked in their office or claiming to have just been attacked and needing money for train or bus fare. If these folks had a legitimate problem, the police could assist them, so don't fall prey to their tactics.

Pickpockets and swindlers often work in teams, where one person will cause a commotion, either by falling or dropping something, while the other person pickpockets’ unsuspecting folks who try to help or stop to look. Crowded street performances can provide pickpockets a similar opportunity -- so while it is fine to watch the musicians or artists, be aware of your surroundings and where your wallet and valuables are. Sidewalk card and shell games are most often scams as well -- participation almost guarantees you'll be giving your money away.

Most of the popular tourist destinations are well populated and safe. During the daytime, almost all areas of Manhattan are safe for walking -- even Harlem and Alphabet City, though the uninitiated may prefer to avoid these neighborhoods after dark. Times Square is a great place to visit at night and it stays populated until after midnight, when theater-goers head home.

Safety Tips for Travelers
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself as a tourist: don't stand on street corners looking at maps and do your best to walk confidently, as this will deter many criminals.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • In crowded subways, keep your wallet in your front pocket, rather than the rear, and keep your purse closed and held in front of you or on the side.
  • Don't flaunt jewelry, cameras or cash in public. If you need to organize your wallet, duck into a store.
  • Use caution when using ATMs and don't carry too much cash around with you -- most places accept credit cards and there are ATMs everywhere.
  • After dark, stick to main streets if you don't know where you are going.
  • If you feel uncomfortable or lost, approach a police officer or a friendly store owner to get your bearings or directions.
  • When in doubt of your destination or the safety of a neighborhood, take a cab, especially late at night.
  • Many business districts are desolate at night -- keep this in mind when deciding whether to walk or take a cab.
  • If taking the subway late at night, stand near the "During off hours trains stop here" sign or in view of the Metro-Card booth. Ride in cars with more people and preferably in the conductor's car (you will see him look out the window of the train when it stops).


That all said, should you find yourself the victim of a crime, contact a police officer. In case of an immediate emergency, call 911. Otherwise, contact 311 (free from any pay phone) and you will be directed to an officer who will be able to take a report. 311 calls are answered 24 hours a day by a live operator.

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September 3, 2010 by Rose1988
還滿贊同第一段所說的!
在紐約旅行,其實只要小心一點,低調一點!
應該沒有跟影及裡面說的一樣恐怖吧!
上次一個人去紐約玩,差點嚇死我媽!!
她說:「紐約很危險」
我問他why
她說:「電視上都有再說ㄚ!」
我只好無奈的回她,因為是出問題你才會看到電視阿!!!!!!!!
October 4, 2010 by Mark68525
坐地鐵時
別大剌剌的把地鐵地圖攤開來看
October 5, 2010 by kent
不過觀光客怎麼看都是觀光客,要裝在地人很難啦。

在地上因為上班上課,對城市已經沒感覺,大多都是面無表情或閉目養神。若坐在車內,神情奕奕東張西望,一看就知道是觀光客…
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