for designated waiting areas. In Toronto, every subway stop
has a well-lit designated waiting area (DWA) where females
can wait for the train. This DWA is monitored from the ticket
collector's booth by closed circuit TV and a voice intercom
system. The guard's car on each train stops right at the DWA
so that female passengers can always have a Toronto Transit
Commission employee riding with them and keeping an eye on
things. While I don't use the New York subway at night, there
is an 'Off-Hour Waiting Area' in the station which is marked
in yellow and where passengers can always be seen by the attendant
pickpocket can generally pick a tourist out in a crowd. Wear
your purse over one shoulder with the opening flap against
your stomach so that it’s harder to get into. If you’re
carrying a day pack, wear it in front, kangaroo style. Always
carry your most important papers in a money belt next to your
skin. Always give up your purse immediately if a thief demands
it because you'll have little of importance in it.
tempt thieves by carrying credit cards or money in a fanny
pack. In a crowded car, these pouches can easily be sliced
open with a razor blade and you will be none the wiser until
it’s too late.
Want to look
like a local on the subway? Leave your backpack at the hotel.
Instead carry your camera, maps, etc. in a shopping bag from
a local grocer.
in an empty car. If you find yourself alone, simply exit one
car and enter another at the first available stop. Remember
that it’s generally the center cars on the train that
get the heaviest traffic and there’s greater safety
referring to your subway map on the train. This only serves
to advertise that you’re not sure where you’re
going. Instead, situate yourself so that you can study the
route map posted in the car. Or better still, pick a woman
in close proximity and ask for help in getting off at the
proper stop. Generally she’ll become a mother hen and
get you exactly where you want to go.
draw unnecessary attention to yourself by what you wear. Be
culturally correct and dress appropriately. Try saving that
mini skirt for parties back home. Muted colors and conservative
clothing always helps you to fade into the crowd and stay
out of trouble. For further information on culturally correct
clothing by women for women, go to the 'What
Should I Wear, Where' section at journeywoman.com.
crowded subway cars can be perfect breeding grounds for antisocial
behaviour. Some men will use this opportunity to touch or
pinch the female passengers close to them. If this happens
to you, make a fuss in any language you choose. Point at the
offender and chastise him in a loud voice. He’ll probably
just slink away. However, don’t become so offended that
you stop paying attention to your belongings. It’s a
fact that women are often groped on packed subways simply
to divert their attention while their purse or backpack is
societies, make every effort to behave modestly. Wear a fake
wedding ring to deter unwanted advances and sport sunglasses
to hide your eyes. In some cultures, simply meeting a man’s
gaze means that you welcome both his attention and his company.
trust your woman's intuition and never ever take chances,
no matter what anybody else tells you.