Dear PoPville – New To Columbia Heights – advice on safety?

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“Dear PoPville,

I am a female professional in my mid-20’s who just moved to Columbia Heights (around 14th and Newton) and I love it so far but have heard conflicting things about the safety of the surrounding blocks and my area in general (even during broad daylight). Do you have any tips for young women living in the area in terms of safety? And areas/blocks to avoid in particular?”

Living anywhere in the city, it is important to have general street smarts. MPD (police) remind us over and over again not to use our smartphones distractedly (or even at all in public or on metro). But definitely don’t walk with your head down while texting etc. Also, don’t walk home by yourself, especially if you’ve been drinking, late at night. Basically try not to make yourself a target – be confident, be aware of your surroundings and you will be fine. Crime happens all over the District and it can happen even if you are aware of your surroundings but it is not likely. I also think it is important not to obsess over it either. Be smart and you’ll be fine. Have fun and enjoy the great neighborhood!

Do any women who live in the area have other advice to offer?

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