Regardless of how safe a city is, sticking to busy populated areas is the best way to avoid getting mugged. For example, Newcastle is quite safe and often busy so wandering around night or day should not be cause for fear. However, always try to choose main streets to be doing this in. There are lots of narrow side streets that are cut throughs or where the establishments keep their bins – if you’re going to get mugged, it will be in places like that. As a local, I know when to cut through and when to take the long way round.