Recommendations: Avoid if possible. Be aware of elevated crime risks and unpermissive self-defense laws. Be extra cautious not to provide a pretext for a traffic stop or law enforcement encounter. Practice good situational awareness at all times. Keep values well hidden and secured..

Analyst Comment: While New York City has not experienced the rise in crime of other cities, the trend is negative. Additionally, law enforcement and the justice system is heavily restrictive and will punish those trying to exercise constitutional rights; severely. Recently, there have been several attempted prosecutions of citizens legally defending themselves. Charges were ultimately dropped after mass public outcry.

New York City Crime Stats

Bodega Clerk Charges Dropped

Parking Attendant Charges Dropped