Still, batting average is looking good so far.
Breaker 5 : Muggers 0
Then again, I'm not particularly tall, am slightly built apart from a a bit tubby round the guts. Maybe I just look like an easy target?
In any even, glad to hear that you're (apparently) well.
She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)
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Tell you the truth, I'm thinking our London portion of our vacation in October will be chock full of me being an obnoxious Texan. We're staying in the financial district, where ever that is. The only fights I'll get into will be with bankers. And those fuckers probably deserve whatever I hand them.
And statistics suggest that you might want to employ racial profiling when assessing risks.
There are two financial districts in London. One is "the city" aka the square mile, the other is Canary Wharf in East London.
Both are fairly safe,, but canary wharf is surrounded by manky council estates which you would want to steer clear of.
There's been a lot of media discussion recently about the fact that London is worse than New York for crime. I think it's overestimated, however I was recently the victim of a completely unprovoked assault so bad stuff can happen. --dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.
NYC's reputation for crime, especially violent crime, dates back to the seventies. But NYC has gotten better and many places in the US have gotten worse.
On the plus side, you're right near the touristy bits, Carnaby St, Piccadilly Circus and nicely central so you can get to the others pretty easy.
Bit touristy round that way, I'd say the biggest risk is pickpockets and people making off with your bag if you don't have it attached to something when sitting in a pub or restaurant. Many places will have clips under the table to stop someone taking your bag when you're not paying attention.
We're American. We plan for being attacked.
That said, we're going to be in for a week and we literally have no plan. So plans can be influenced easily.
I don't think bag straps get cut too often - don't forget UKian knife carrying laws are pretty draconian, it's not worth getting caught with a blade for the petty crims.
You're far more at risk of being in a busy pub and someone making off with your bag when your attention is elsewhere. That said, London's pretty safe in the touristy areas.
It's only when you get out to the shitty bits like near where I live that you get the more violent streetcrime. And there's nothing for tourists to see out here, bar the Ministry of Sound and the Imperial War Museaum.