There’s always a few positives to moving and living in New York City. The number of people from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures, the entertainment and food options. The list goes on and on. But with the pros, they always come with cons. Dangers can happen almost anywhere in New York City. They can happen when you’re out and about or just outside your door. But don’t let that intimidate you in the slightest. Simply Moving knows this city like the back of our hands. And we know it well enough to bring you these safety tips for when you move to New York City (or anywhere else). Here are some you should take to heart:
1. Always be aware of your surroundings
We live in a time where people tend to keep their eyes glued to their phones or escape the hustle and bustle using headphones. While we can’t blame anyone for keeping themselves busy, they’re also more likely to be caught in some kind of dangerous situation. Bear in mind that not everyone will be paying attention to you or more than themselves. Look around, but not in a panicked manner. If you feel like something is out of place, act in the best way possible to distance yourself from potential danger.
2. Get to know your neighbors and roommates
Not everyone is the social type. You’re probably a shy person that doesn’t talk to a lot of people. We understand this completely. But it is important to know that you shouldn’t be the “fly under the radar” type of person. Get to know the people you will live with and even some of the neighbors in your area.
3. Stay in well-lit areas
To paraphrase a classic Disney movie, everything the light touches is good. Especially when you’re venturing out at night. When you’re surveying your neighborhood, take note of any areas that are well-lit. You should also know of a few dark areas that may be a cause for concern. Intruders and prowlers often hide in dark areas away from the naked eye.
4. Always secure your doors and windows
Remember, this is New York City. This isn’t one of those smaller towns where everyone leaves their doors unlocked at night. So it is important to lock your windows and doors before leaving your room or apartment. If you must, double check to make sure. Make it a rule to never leave without knowing everything is nice and secure.
5. Change course if you must
You have a usual route going from your home to work. Sometimes, it’s important to switch it up a bit. This goes double if you feel like someone may be watching your or if you feel unsafe in your immediate surroundings. Don’t be afraid to switch it up if a situation warrants it.
Your personal safety is important. If you feel like you are in danger or spot any concerns in your neighborhood, make sure you contact the proper authorities. Remember to dial 9-1-1 in the event of emergencies that happen to you or anyone in your area.