Public places in crowded urban environments have many challenges. From safety, to difficulty of movement, public spaces present us with a unique microcosm of things we need to negotiate and deal with. Large gatherings of people tend to attract many things, including some that are bad, very bad. We need to remain aware and move through those areas fast.
So, how can you make sure you have an easier, safer commute on this environment?
In short, public places are almost always unavoidable while living or visiting a city. That is ok. However, make sure you have a good understanding of what normal looks like, and of what can go wrong.
Each place has its own pace and patterns of life. The sooner you can learn that “normal”, the sooner you’ll be able to detect things that deviate from this, giving you the edge to react and adapt to a possible threat, or a developing one. This is particularly true in public locations, where things tend to develop organically, and can get chaotic very, very quickly.
Be smart, remain low key, and move quickly through the public places.