Newport News is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through the state of Virginia .  Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.

            Avoid walking alone at night (especially women).  This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed in Newport News as well.  If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, try to remain in lighted, public areas.

            Although street crimes, burglaries, and petty thefts are not major concerns in Newport News , they occasionally happen.  However, most of these situations can be avoided using a few simple rules.  Avoid carrying around large amounts of money or looking extremely flashy.  Drawing un-needed attention is never a good idea.  Lock all car doors and roll up windows when leaving valuables behind in a car.

            In the case of an emergency while visiting Newport News , dial 911 from any phone.  In non-emergency situations, contact the Newport News Police Department at: 757-926-8794

           Newport News has two major hospitals Riverside Regional Medical Center  (phone: 757-594-2000) is very renowned for Cardiac and Rehabilitation it is located off J Clyde Morris Blvd in the center of town.  Mary Immaculate Hospital (a Catholic affiliated Bon Secours facility) is located in the northern Denbigh section of the city.

            Although there are no foreign embassies located in the state of Virginia , most countries have a location in the United States (most in Washington D.C. ).  For a complete list, including contact and location information, check out this Foreign Embassies List.