Everyone should be careful out on the streets of New York, because even at this time of historically low violent crime rates, your safety is never assured. But it’s clear that these days women in particular need to take every precaution to avoid being hurt in the most terrible ways.
There’s been a spike in sex crimes this year, from Astoria to Laurelton, from unwanted fondling to violent rape at knifepoint. Some of the victims have been girls of high school age.
These incidents remind us all to observe basic safety rules, such as walking in groups whenever possible, observing your surroundings and screaming bloody murder if attacked, which worked for a woman in Whitestone just a few weeks ago, likely preventing her rape. Even with the NYPD doing the great job it does, your actions are the best guarantor of your own safety.