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Most visitors report feeling pretty safe while visiting Brno, but there are a few safety concerns to note.
First, be aware of the gypsies. Yes, there are true gypsies in Brno, some from neighboring Austria, some from somewhere else. They prey particularly on visitors, rather than locals, so watch your back, literally. In some cases they might use children to distract you or convince you to hand something over, in other cases they might take matters into their own hands. In either event, keep to yourself and be firm. It is recommended not to visit streets near Cejl and Bratislavska after sunset.
If you’re a man, don’t put your wallet in your back pocket. Czech people don’t do this and so doing it not only identifies you as a visitor or tourist, but also makes you an easy mark simply because your wallet is fairly easy to get at.
There are many friendly people in Brno who will help you find your way around town, but some unscrupulous people (usually in their forties) will offer help and then demand money for their time. It’s usually a fairly small amount of money, but if this bothers you, keep to stores and restaurants as a source of free, honest help.
In the very center you may come across beggars. Although they seldom cause any problems (rude gestures, offensive shouting), it is recommended not to give them any money.
Finally, be careful when crossing the street. The law in Brno is to stop for pedestrians as soon as they step into the street, but many drivers don’t and accidents do occur. Be sure that vehicles are truly going to stop before you attempt to cross a street