This is a short Kindle book consisting mostly of maps. In this edition, as evinced by its title, it concerns itself with Raleigh / Durham, NC. The maps have cross hatched areas showing areas the author says his researching has demonstrated to have higher crime frequency and therefore, imply it'd be less safe to be a tourist there. Gard is careful to say, in the introduction, that the areas he's shown are high crime isn't necessarily places which are 'ghettos' as he puts it, but some are areas where other factors lead it to be higher crime spots.
Does it really take much convincing that if you are on vacation, you don't wish to inadvertently stumble into an area where you have a high chance of being robbed, assaulted or whatever? Of course not. While this volume can hardly be counted on to make sure you will remain safe, it can tip the odds, if not in your favor, at least so they don't tip against you. You get a good deal peace of mind for the price of $3.
Now are these crime data available for free? Well, yes, in a way. There are sources online you can access crime frequency in metro areas and probably if you put your mind to it, you could duplicate what the author has done here. Yet why would you? It'd take a good deal of effort and then you'd have to make the map and jam it somehow into your Kindle or Kindle app. Whoopee. You'd save all of $3. Don't you have better things to do with you life? I do.
The book starts with an brief intro and then moves to a Table of Contents which are links to area maps or keys to map areas. It's easy and obvious to hyperlink from the ToC to a map or back to the ToC from a map.
The book finishes up with some well worn suggestions on how to keep safe. This is the one area of the book I think lacking. Well, most of the advice such as stick to main roadways especially at night and keep your windows up is pretty obvious. I found myself really gritting my teeth on the advice to yield to criminals instead of resisting. If more of we non-criminal resisted, there would be a good deal less crime. Why should a mugger hesitate in his mugging if all his victims treat him like he's due a 'gimmee'?
Let me say outright that if you are a woman and are facing being dragged off the street and into a dark alley by a would be rapist, do not yield. Fight, scream, kick, gouge eyes - do whatever it takes to attract attention and discourage your attacker. Even the worst areas of towns are mostly populated by decent folks who may come to your aid.
One very good piece of advice is to listen to your instincts. I'll add that in addition to this book series, I recommend "The Gift of Fear"
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence