Tourist areas in Manhattan are generally safe, and the city has experienced a dramatic drop in its crime rate in recent years. Nevertheless, New York is a major metropolis, and you should always stay alert and use common sense.
We strongly suggest you leave your valuables at home or in the hotel safe. When walking around the city, hold your pocketbook across your shoulder and in front of you at all times, and place your billfold in an inside pocket. Don't display expensive cameras, flashy jewelry, or electronic equipment as you walk around the city. In theaters, restaurants, subways, and other public places, keep a hand on your possessions at all times. Do not take pictures or video in the subway or at bridge or tunnel entrances; the police might stop you and/or issue a fine.
Remember that hotels are often open to the public, and in a large hotel security may not be able to screen everyone entering. Do not assume because you are inside the hotel you are safe, and always lock your room door.
Medical, Police or Fire Emergencies From any phone, including Cell phones, simply dial the number: 911. You will be connected to an operator that is equipped to respond to any emergency. For medical emergencies requiring immediate attention, you can always head to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Useful Hot Lines New York's all-purpose 311 phone line can give useful information as well as take taxi and consumer complaints. The 24-hour Crime Victims Hot Line is tel. (212) 577-7777 Alcoholics Anonymous may be reached at tel. (212) 870-3400 Sex Crimes Report Line tel. (212) 267-7273 Traveler's Assistance Travelers Aid is an organization that helps distressed travelers with all kinds of problems, including accidents, sickness, and lost or stolen luggage. Their telephone number is: (718) 656-4870