Warnings and Dangers in New York City: Subway
The subway is the most convenient way to get around New York City. Be careful and follows these tips to stay safe.
Pickpockets and Fake Tickets
Always keep an eye on your money, camera, and other valuables in the subway. Pickpockets are good at taking your things without you noticing it in time.
Never buy tickets from a stranger on the street – they could be fake.
Avoid the Automatic Machines
If you put money in the machine and it fails to give you a ticket, you will not be able to get a refund on the spot. There’s always someone behind the ticket counter who will give you a form you can fill out and submit to receive a refund in the mail, but for the time being, you’ll have to buy another ticket from the attendant. Just buy your tickets from the attendant if you want to be certain of getting the tickets.
Know Another Way
There is a chance that the subway will break down, or get delayed. If that happens, you need to know how to get to your location another way.
The subway is safe to use any time, just use common sense and follow some basic safety rules and you shouldn’t have any problems. Don’t wear flashy jewelry, and keep your bag under your arm with the opening facing you while taking the subway. Avoid empty subway cars. Ride in cars with many people or in the conductor’s car, which is usually the middle car of the train.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers of the subway in New York City.