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    Depends on your knowledge of the place you are at i believe. If one has been to a place then you know what i mean :) over 8 years ago

    Answered by Billy via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Istanbul is safe. We were there for 6 days this spring. Istanbul is relatively safe, but as with any town in the world, even your home town, you need to be smart about where you pull out your gadgets. We have only carried our iPad on our travels and use it for the map or guidebook at times. For the most part we keep it in our backpack and if an area looks sketchy, we won't pull it out, even if we need to at times. Whether it's Istanbul or anywhere else, just have to be smart about it. over 8 years ago

    Answered by iPadNomads via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Thank you for sharing your experience. over 8 years ago

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    Sofia, this is true of anywhere: cameras, ipads, backpacks and typical "tourist" clothes (like zip-leg pants and outdoor wear) make it obvious you are a tourist, and therefore a target of the petty thieves and pickpockets. It's hard not to look like a tourist when you are one, but try to blend in a little. There's a paradox too, there's safety in numbers for tourists, but a throng of tourists also attracts criminals.
    Having said that, Istanbul is not a particularly high crime destination, so take sensible precautions and don't let the issue ruin your enjoyment.
    Keep the camera in a bag until a photo opportunity presents itself, take the shot, then pout it away out of sight. Keep the ipad close to you and never let it go or put it down on a table. Never leave any bag unattended, even for a second. Download photos at the end of every day so if the camera does get stolen you still have those memories. Back up the data on the ipad for the same reason. Check your travel insurance has the right level of cover for your devices. Store serial numbers and purchase receipts or proof of ownership in a safe place at home and take a copy with you.
    Remember the vast majority of people take a vacation without incident, but you need to be prepared for the possibility you are in the unlucky minority.
    Phil at the safety hub over 8 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Thank you so much. over 8 years ago

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    Phil gives some great advice. Istanbul is like any other city in the world, unfortunately there is the odd scammer and thief that ruins it for everyone, but all in all Istanbul is a safer city than most I believe. Istanbul is also a very modern city whereby most locals visit cafes etc with ipad, iphone etc in hand. Also it is such a "tourism" city and picturesque city that we are very used to seeing cameras out etc. There are hot spots for scammers/thiefs I would say be extra careful such as like crowded areas such as the bazaar areas, eminonu, trams etc but protect yourself as you would in your own hometown and you shouldn't experience any problems. Mix in clothing wise, zip up your bags, be safe/aware around ATMs and keep personal items close to you at all times and you shouldn't have any problems. over 8 years ago

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    It is Safe! about 8 years ago

    Answered by mrkubi via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app

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