Has anyone on this forum ever been robbed or seriously assaulted (physically) while on a solo tour? I haven't heard many stories about actual life-threatening issues so I'm curious about how often it happens.
I have been, though not while on tour. In broad daylight at a busy intersection in New Orleans, I was hit from behind on the head with a brick and knocked unconscious; woke up in the ambulance. The mugging was to steal my bike. My helmet saved my life, though I still have a crease in my skull. I mention this here, to point out that you don't have to be on tour to experience violence, so I don't think anyone touring should expect anything worse than what can occur in everyday life.
Yeah, I think the core thing is that people commit crimes. If your goal is to get away from people then your chances of getting robbed/mugged are much reduced. I've thought about carrying a "dummy stash" of $15 or so and a cancelled/expired credit card as something to give someone that mugged me -- assuming they didn't want the whole bike.