The Deseret News posted a story on missionary safety. The paper does this following stories where missionaries are the victims of crimes or are involved in serious accidents, seemingly to reassure Utahns whose kids are serving missions — much the same way airlines run advertisements touting the safety of air travel following crashes where hundreds of passengers die. I wish the papers would run stories with real information and statistics about missionary risks and safety rather than do what amounts to PR pieces for the Church. The Church can run its own PR, but if newspapers don't do the hard reporting on the Church, no one will.
On the positive side, the story does note that missionaries are given some common sense, pragmatic directives for their own safety -- for example, one returned sister missionary reported that in her mission sisters were not to be out walking after dark and were not to enter a home to teach unless another woman was present at the discussion.
On the other hand, there is a sort of fatalism betrayed by certain missionary remarks, such as one departing missionary who is quoted in the article as saying that "if she becomes a victim of a crime, that's God's will, too." No, I don't think it is God's will that any missionary becomes a victim of crime, and the more precautions that are taken to avoid such an event, the fewer unfortunate incidents there will be. Fatalism works to decrease prudent consideration of necessary precautions. I think the proper tone was struck by an MTC teacher quoted in the article as saying, "A lot of missionaries think they're invincible, and some aren't as cautious as they could be."
FYI, I did a post about six months ago over at BCC entitled In Harm's Way. It includes a link to an earlier Deseret News story that includes instructive remarks from Elder Ballard on the general topic of missionary safety.