In general, Europe is a safer place to be than most
metropolitan centers of the US. Violent crime is negligible
in Europe, especially directed against tourists. With
the exception of the largest cities of Europe, the issues
of theft and safety should not concern you. Granted,
petty crime - pick pocketing, purse snatching, etc.
- exists and therefore normal care needs to be observed
when in densely crowded and touristed areas.
Tip: While touring, bring with you only enough
cash and credit cards as is necessary. Leave the rest
as well as your passport in your room safe or the hotel's
safe. Carry your money and credit cards in your front
Tip: When at crowded tourist locations, always
be aware of sudden commotions and do not assume they
are what they appear to be. It's quite common for petty
crooks to stage some little diversion and, while that's
happening, pick a few pockets.
For whatever reason, petty crime is also geographical.
It seems that the further south you go in Europe, the
greater likelihood of the above acts taking place. Leave
suitcases, laptop, etc., in full sight in your car parked
on a side street in Naples, and your things could disappear.
Leave the same car alone in Bad Durkheim, Germany, and
everything all be there when you return. Don't misunderstand:
I love Naples, I love Europe, but the Mediterranean
areas seem to have more petty crime than in the north.
As in most places in the world, the better the location
in Europe, the safer you are. Walk down the Champs Elysees
at 1:00 AM and enjoy the lights. Walk down the back
street of a red light area at the same time of night and you're
asking for problems. The best advice is simply to use
common sense, take reasonable precautions and enjoy