Quito: Not so scary after all
Treat this as any big city, use common sense and don't get wasted and stumble around in the dark in public and you'll be fine. My boyfriend and I went prepared for the worst and this is a lovely city with a lot to offer (Not cheap though). Though I'm sure crime happens and I truly sympathize with the victims, I feel this city has gotten an undeserved bad rap for the kind of bad apples you can find in any city in the world.
Insider Tip:Centro Historico is great for sight seeing and the Teleferico is a must do! There are police everywhere and all legitimate taxis have security cameras and meters. There are certain areas of the city that aren't safe to walk around as a gringo (like anywhere), but they are fairly obvious. We did La Ronda, Centro Historico, Teleferico, New Town...no problems. Troll bus is rife with pickpockets so again, use common sense. It's worth a $5 cab ride not to have a ninja lift your iPhone or GoPro.