Only an hour outside of Baltimore the city of Frederick actually has a very low crime rate, and violent crime in this part of the state of Maryland is well below the national average. Women can generally visit the area alone, and not feel unsafe. After dark women, and all visitors, should use extra caution while on the move. As a general rule you shouldn’t flash large sums of money, and it is a good idea to keep an eye on your possessions while on the go.

Petty crime is generally low, but as with traveling anywhere a certain amount of caution should always be maintained, especially after dark. If you’re using a rental car make sure to lock the doors while visiting tourist attractions such as museums, restaurants and the Frederick County. Photocopies of travel documents and credit cards should be kept separate from the originals and key telephone numbers maintained to contact banks if credit cards are stolen or lost.

The roads in rural Maryland are typically well-maintained but in the rural parts there are not a lot of street lights or lamp posts so you should be aware of this when driving late at night, especially as the mountains can mean winding and narrow roads in part. Be aware of sudden rural stop signs, watch for construction (much of which is done at night) and keep an eye pealed for animals that can dart suddenly onto the road as well.