Like most cities in Italy, Florence is a safe destination for travellers. You will feel safe walking the streets of this Renaissance capital at any time of day or night. There is hardly ever violent crime and very little property crime. However, there are occasional instances of pickpocketing and purse snatching. Therefore, it is wise to use common sense and make sure your belongings are secure. Do not keep valuables in pockets without zippers or in front pockets of backpacks  A cross-body handbag or bag that can be tucked up under your arm is a good idea. Pickpockets frequently work in pairs so beware of people stopping you in the street as they may be attempting a distraction technique.  Also be aware of people trying to "help" you at the train station. They may try to help you with your bags or to purchase a ticket from  the machine, but will then ask for money for the service. You will probably come across some beggars in the popular tourist spots and some people can find them a little intimidating, just say no firmly and walk away.  The area around the train station can attract a few seedy types at night, so keep an extra eye out there, areas around Santa Croce and Santo Spirito are popular with students so can sometimes be a bit noisy, but generally the centre of Florence is quite safe in the evenings with plenty of other people out enjoying the city, so you might as well do the same!