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Staying Safe in Prague

Prague proudly promotes its art, architecture and culture to tourists but on the other hand the city is also infamous for petty crimes. However, the smart ones know how to take care of themselves (and the crooks as well!). Here are some pointers that will go a long way in helping you not get robbed in Prague.
Avoiding the unsafe spots: Most of Prague's attractions are within a walking distance from each other and concentrated around center of the city. The Old Town, Old New Synagogue, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock are just a short walk away and so is the old Jewish Quarter and majestic Charles Bridge. It is advisable you visit these tourist hot spots during the day as going there at night could possibly send an invitation to pickpockets.

The Bad Cabbies: Given that Prague cab riders are known to outrageously overcharge customers, agree on a price before you get in the cab. Also, check whether the meter is on to be sure that the price you have agreed upon is reasonable.

Pickpockets on the prowl: As in every major city around the world, pickpockets target innocent tourists who are new to the town. If you are traveling with cash, documents, and other valuables it is better to stash them in a money belt. In fact, the best solution is to leave them back at the hotel room or apartment. Be vigilant while roaming on Prague's crowded streets, buses and metros since these are the pickpockets favorite spots.

Fast Cash: Despite being a part of the Euro zone, unfortunately for the tourists, Prague is still loyal to its local currency - Koruna or Czech Crown. This means, there is a high risk of street vendors duping customers into exchanging cash for poor rates and false notes. Exchange currency at the bank or ATMs to avoid daylight robbery of your hard earned money!

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