Dangers & Annoyances
Ireland is safer than most countries in Europe, but normal precautions should be observed.
- Don't leave anything visible in your car when you park.
- Skimming at ATMs is an ongoing problem; be sure to cover the keypad with your hand when you input your PIN.
- In Northern Ireland, exercise extra care in 'interface' areas where sectarian neighbourhoods adjoin.
- Best avoid Northern Ireland during the climax of the Orange marching season on 12 July: sectarian passions are usually inflamed and even many Northerners leave the province at this time.