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Old 10-31-2017, 03:39 AM
 
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While not a hard rule, the further north you are in Europe, the safer and vice versa.
yes but it also gets increasingly boring the further north you go.
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I have only one tip: Carry Mace or bear spray and keep it handy.

A friend of ours lives in Germany. Until the refugees came en-mass, she lived in a quiet, peaceful town. Now she is afraid to even step out her door, and doesn't go out without a can of Mace in the top of her purse.
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Brussels
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yes but it also gets increasingly boring the further north you go.
And it is also not true statistically. A country like Spain for example is quite south in Europe and still is and feels safer than for example UK northern up.
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:53 AM
 
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And it is also not true statistically. A country like Spain for example is quite south in Europe and still is and feels safer than for example UK northern up.
I agree.

In countries like Spain and Italy it is just petty crimes that people complain about, and it is largely due to the fact a lot of American tourists act like they are in suburban America, without the least caution in mind. I went to Spain twice and Italy 4 times and never encountered anything like that. You just need to be a bit alarmed about your surroundings since you are in dense cities.

To say Spain is not safe is completely ludicrous. Plus, in northern Europe, they don't have large cities such as Rome, Paris or Barcelona. And small cities of course have fewer thieves.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:11 AM
 
Location: On the road
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I have heard from friends there only Eastern Europe is now safe. Too bad the rest is a bloodbath with too many refugees.
I'll take "extreme hyperbole" for 800, Alex.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:39 AM
 
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Or for example, Blvd St Michel in Paris was safe and cool and all studenty in the 1970s. I have vaguely heard that, although it is still of course a student area, now it is remarkable mostly for Middle Eastern street food & knicknacks, and there has been a major increase in violent crime in the area, and one shouldn't really go there. Truth or lies?

From an old Parisian : unfortunately quite true (particularly at night), but it is only one side of the story :
* there are a lot of beggars (some agressive) in the Latin Quarter now
* there are lots of works , I don't know what they are doing, but there are perpetual construction site, particularly near Cluny ruins AND at the crossroads of rue des Ecoles.
* last and not least, there is rubbish strewn a bit everywhere. The good part is that dog crap has all but disappeared (because for the Muslims dogs are "impure "...)
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I agree.

In countries like Spain and Italy it is just petty crimes that people complain about, and it is largely due to the fact a lot of American tourists act like they are in suburban America, without the least caution in mind. I went to Spain twice and Italy 4 times and never encountered anything like that. You just need to be a bit alarmed about your surroundings since you are in dense cities.

To say Spain is not safe is completely ludicrous. Plus, in northern Europe, they don't have large cities such as Rome, Paris or Barcelona. And small cities of course have fewer thieves.
Eh?


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Old 10-31-2017, 08:16 AM
 
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Still remember vacationing in Florence and seeing two guys with apparent car trouble so lent a hand helping them push... one was steering and one pushing... it lasted about 45 seconds until the car was coasting downhill and both waved back as they jumped into the car...

Confident I had done my good deed for the day I went across the street to buy a Gelato... just then I hear/see someone running out yelling his car has been stolen... within 2 minutes the police arrived...

Seems I was an accessory to car theft... and this is how I started my tour of Italy!
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:44 AM
 
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We went to Brussels after the bombing and even felt safe there. As long as you aren’t a clueless tourist you’ll be fine. If you are then go with a group. You can’t predict terrorist activity but you can be as safe as reasonably possible.
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Old 10-31-2017, 11:20 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Ireland was not entirely comfortable, as there is always a degree of tension, and people are very short fused.
LOL! I can't think of many countries as safe & gregarious as Ireland, perhaps you were in Northern Ireland a very different country than the Republic. "Short fused"
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