travel tips ► SECURITY ON THE STREET
Generally, Russia is not as peaceful as let's say Finland. Of course big cities are much the same wherever you happen to be in the world. Normally, life goes by without any problems. The best way to stay out of trouble is to lock your door and never go outside (just kidding); really, the best way to stay out of trouble is to be careful and alert. In public places (and especially on public transportation), your wallet or cell phone can easily be stolen if you carry them hanging out of your back pocket or in a backpack (on your back). So keep your documents, money and other important stuff up front and close to your heart. This means in a safe place! Also don't ever leave your bag or coat, or even a hat or scarf lying around without watching it. Pay attention when you are on the streets. Don't forget that Russian drivers are crazy. They drive fast around on downtown streets and sometimes drive on the wrong side of the road. They might go through a red light, when people are crossing the street - they think that THEY have the right of way, not pedestrians. So, be alert, pay attention to the rules but know that the drivers may be breaking them.
Common sense suggests that it is a bad idea to walk alone late at night, especially in areas of the city outside of the center. If you demonstrate such braveness you are most likely going to have the opportunity to get into trouble just like every common citizen here. And if you do get into trouble and end up going to the police station in search of help, you may not get much help. In fact you might be treated badly and rudely by the police even if you are the victim.