The area has a different feel from central Paris. I think when visiting a city, it is important to see and experience the different areas. I felt safe there, but I make it a habit not to carry a purse when site seeing. We were fortunate not encounter the scary men trying to sell us or intimidate us on our visit to Sacre-Coeur. I think it is important to remember they are not there to hurt you, but to intimidate, so don't let them!