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Dangers & Annoyances

Vancouver is relatively safe for visitors.

  • Purse-snatching and pickpocketing do occur; be vigilant with your personal possessions.
  • Theft from unattended cars is not uncommon; never leave valuables in vehicles where they can be seen.
  • Persistent street-begging is an issue for some visitors; just say 'Sorry' and pass on if you're not interested and want to be polite.
  • A small group of hardcore scam artists also works the downtown core, singling out tourists and asking for 'help to get back home.' Do not let them engage you in conversation.