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Old 06-26-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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The point is you're never 100% safe ANYWHERE. Its called life.

Some tips I would add though: 1) Get pepper spray. 2) Dont walk around in sketchy places that you feel uncomfortable in with your headphones in (a lot of women are attacked like this) 3) Be streetsmart and use common sense -- pay attention to your surroundings.

I am not a woman, true, but I know women who have lived in far worse hoods which is why this cracks me up. My sister for one lived in inner city Atlanta in one of the worst hoods in the city which was basically an open air drug market. She was completely fine. She also lived in a terrible neighborhood in Lynchburg where people were literally shot in her backyard from gang violence. She never had an issue though. I also know women who live in far worse hoods in DC.

The thing I always tell people and I cant emphasize enough is to walk confidently and be observant! That works 90% of the time. Do not walk home at 2am drunk with your headphones in. Criminals are opportunists.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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The point is you're never 100% safe ANYWHERE. Its called life.

Some tips I would add though: 1) Get pepper spray. 2) Dont walk around in sketchy places that you feel uncomfortable in with your headphones in (a lot of women are attacked like this) 3) Be streetsmart and use common sense -- pay attention to your surroundings.

I am not a woman, true, but I know women who have lived in far worse hoods which is why this cracks me up. My sister for one lived in inner city Atlanta in one of the worst hoods in the city which was basically an open air drug market. She was completely fine. She also lived in a terrible neighborhood in Lynchburg where people were literally shot in her backyard from gang violence. She never had an issue though. I also know women who live in far worse hoods in DC.

The thing I always tell people and I cant emphasize enough is to walk confidently and be observant! That works 90% of the time. Do not walk home at 2am drunk with your headphones in. Criminals are opportunists.
She didn't ask about whether she was going to get shot from gang violence. She was asking about being comfortable at night. I'd feel more comfortable walking at night in Ballston than Vienna just because of the number of people and businesses close buy. There is NO ONE at Vienna at night.

When looking at the crime stats for 2013, there were 23 crimes that took place and 0 arrests. Because there are no cops there ever.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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Thanks for the input everyone. I can't afford a car, and have been getting worried about night time transit. Don't want to be stuck in my house at night, or prevented from taking night classes.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:37 PM
 
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Also, would you recommend taking the bus from Vienna to Ballston, or taking the metro after 10pm weeknights?
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Also, would you recommend taking the bus from Vienna to Ballston, or taking the metro after 10pm weeknights?
Do not take the bus. At the very least you will be oogled by mostly male riders heading home after work and not a few men will try to flirt with you.

Train is *much safer*- esp the Orange line where its loud tourists headed back to Vienna stop or Millies both men and women Instagraming and in their own world
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:39 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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She didn't ask about whether she was going to get shot from gang violence. She was asking about being comfortable at night.
Got it! Thanks for the clarification.

Please don't look at the crime statistics for the Deanwood Metro Station. You'd probably have a panic attack.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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Aren't most of the crimes at the Vienna stop car break-ins?
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:03 AM
 
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The point is you're never 100% safe ANYWHERE. Its called life.
Pretty much this. OP needs to figure it out for themselves, based on the situation.. A lot of the responses here are going way beyond that into the "touchy-feely" realm, which is mostly irrelevant. If you don't want to be alone at 10PM somewhere, don't go there.

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Old 06-27-2016, 07:26 AM
 
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Aren't most of the crimes at the Vienna stop car break-ins?
And stolen bicycles, yes, although people in this thread apparently think Vienna is in a warzone or something. The Orange line in VA really could not be any safer and to suggest otherwise is just fear mongering. The reality of the metro is that most of the crime is committed in Ward 7/8 and PGC.

"When you look at Virginia, they only account for three percent of our Part I crimes, and then when you drill down most of those are stolen bicycles a lot of property crime, not so much robbery force and violence"

Officials break down hike in serious Metro crime in 2015 - WTOP
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:20 AM
 
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You guys don't have a clue. WMATA doesn't even report most sexual harassment and even many sexual assaults and gropings.

A friend riding the orange line was groped on her breasts and buttocks on a crowded train and when she used the in-car phone, they told her they couldn't do anything about it, so she should just get off at the next stop.

Two weeks ago, A woman riding (ride line) ended up in a car alone with a guy, and he raped her at knife point after asking if she had a boyfriend (like her being single or not matters??). Kojo Nmamdi just had a show on this issue a couple weeks back.

I live in Vienna. I feel safe in Vienna at all hours day or night. I've lived in crap areas where I felt safe. That is not the same as being at the end of the line on an almost empty train. Or walking through a deserted parking garage at night.
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