Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Most crime is drug related and occurs between individuals who know each other or in high crime-ridden areas of the city, in which tourists would have little reason to go to. We recommend you take normal safety precautions and exercise common sense as you would in any other major city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK :
Muggings are the crime for tourists to be concerned with. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Homeless people can be aggressive towards you if you don’t hand them money. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
Public transportation in Boston is generally safe, convenient and reasonably priced. It mainly consists of buses, subways, commuter rail, and ferries operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or "T").
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
There can be some occasional natural hazards such as earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes.
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorist attacks are unlikely. However, they cannot be ruled out as was unfortunately the case at the Boston Marathon. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Many women travel safely without any issues.