Although Albany is considered to be a fairly safe place, with many visitors each year coming without incident and many more people living in the city year round safely, all travelers in this day and age need to take some precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim of the tourist-aimed crime that seems to affect more and more travelers every day.  In order to do this in a place such as Albany, which is after all a city, try to avoid carrying more cash than you need, especially if you are out late at night or traveling alone.  Do not wear expensive jewelry, and if staying in a hotel be sure to make use of your hotel's safe for your valuable items.  Men should not carry wallets in their back pockets and women need to pay close attention to their bags while shopping and dining.  Backpackers should keep their packs locked, especially while they are wearing them.  Also, be especially alert in bus and train stations and other places where large numbers of travelers congregate.