Thursday 19 September 2013 2.41pm
Hi Ms Chic,
Great Dover Street
, in common with most of SE1, suffers from many of the same problems of most urban areas.
It's OK. There is some street crime (you can check out some of the stories of bicycle-based thieving scum elsewhere on the forum) but it's definitely not bad.
I'm guessing your daughter's new to living in a city and I hope she'll love it.
It is useful to have a few 'street smarts' to make the most of life here. Other posters will doubtless have suggestions, but here are a few:
a) stay on well-lit and trafficked streets at night (which shouldn't be a problem given the location of the halls).
b) don't wave expensive 'phones around.
Particularly when she's getting used to the area, use a paper A-Z or a paper printout. I've never heard of someone having an A-Z stolen and it's definitely better to consult a book than a phone to look at a map.
c) be aware who's around and if you don't feel safe go into a shop or takeaway for a few minutes. It's rare to be very far from one.
Having said all that, it's an OK area and you and your daughter definitely shouldn't be afraid.