Crime is a real problem in America. America is a violent country with an immense prison population. People accused of crimes have numerous rights and protections in America, and while this protects citizens from being persecuted by the state and by the police, it also makes the life of a criminal a little easier.
Avoid becoming a crime victim. Follow simple rules to protect yourself. Your local police will probably have a published set of guidelines about protecting yourself and your property. (Protection against property crimes such as burglary is covered in the section Living in an American Community.)
Bad Neighborhoods. The first thing you will need to do if you move to a large city is to find out which areas are “bad” neighborhoods. You’ll avoid walking in some of these neighborhoods at night. Others you’ll avoid completely, day or night.
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