Scottsdale is generally safe and has low crime rates.  Common sense precautions should suffice to avoid any danger to you or your property.  If you visit the neighboring city of Phoenix during your stay, be aware that crime is more prevalent there and extra care should be taken, especially when going alone or after hours.

Some special precautions should be taken when exploring the area’s mountain preserves.  Be sure to take plenty of water with you, as dehydration can quickly arise in the arid climate.  Avoid going out in excessive heat; early morning or late afternoon excursions are best.  Don’t overexert yourself on strenuous trails, and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.  Take plenty of breaks to rest in the shade and drink water.  Also, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and scorpions.  Although you are not likely to encounter them, and will probably not have any problems even if you do, they are poisonous and you should get immediate medical care if you are bitten or stung.

When driving in Scottsdale and other parts of the Valley of the Sun, the sun can be blinding, especially around sunrise and sunset and along roads that run east and west.  Always have sunglasses available for safe driving.