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Recently, Cleveland was given the unfortunate title of being on the Top 10 list of most dangerous cities in the U.S. by Forbes. Despite this rating, Cleveland is all in all a safe city to visit just as long as common sense prevails. If you are staying in downtown, make sure that your car is parked in a trustoworthy and guarded garage. Most, if not all of the downtown hotels either have their own garage or have deals with nearby garages for their guests. Just be ready to pay to park.
Petty crime ie pick-pocketing, purse snatching, etc is not as prevelent in Cleveland as it is in many other cities but you should still take the standard precautions. Men, don't keep your wallet in your back pocket, women, carry your purse close to you.
Downtown Cleveland is generally a safe place to walk in at night because it is well lit and there are a number of people around. It is always advisable in any city, Cleveland included, to not walk alone at night. Also, be aware that downtown in Cleveland ends rather abruptly and you could quickly find yourself in a much seedier part of town. This should not deter you from taking walks to go exploring but it is something to keep in mind.