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The town of Luray has an extremely low crime rate, and violent crime in the Shenandoah Valley is well below the national average. Women can generally visit the area alone, and not feel unsafe. After dark women should use extra caution while on the move, simply for the lack of other people should there be trouble. Don’t flash large sums of money, and keep an eye on your possessions while on the go.
Even petty crime is generally low, but as with traveling anywhere a certain amount of caution should always be maintained, especially at night. If you’re using a rental car make sure to lock the doors while visiting tourist attractions such as museums, restaurants and the Luray Caverns. 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 around Luray are 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 and watch for animals that can dart suddenly onto the road as well.