5. STREET CRIME
The greatest protection from street crime is alertness. Thieves depend largely on sur-
prise. Cell phone snatching is common, so avoid using your phone in public places.
Don't carry large amounts of cash or valuables, and keep an accurate record of what's
in your wallet.
6. DANGEROUS AREAS
Tourist zones are safe day and night, but if you want to go to a destination outside
these areas, especially at night, ask at your hotel desk for their recommendation.
7. TRAFFIC JAMS
Traffic congestion can interfere with plans. Traffic moves erratically and slowly, and
getting into and out of the city in rush hour (about 6:30-9:30am and 4-7pm) may
incur delays of 45 minutes or more.
8. DISCARDING METRO FARECARD
Metrorail uses a farecard system in which the turnstiles deduct the cost of your trip
as you leave the station. You use the same farecard both to enter and to leave, so
don't throw it away after getting on the train.
9. CAR BREAK-INS
No matter where you park, don't leave anything in the passenger compartment. If
your car radio, GPS, or CD player is removable, take it with you.
10. ESCALATOR ETIQUETTE
Washington has countless escalators, some of them among the longest in the world.
Washingtonians can become angry when the way is blocked - you should stand
single-file and to the right, or walk on the left.