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Safety, Police, Legal Issues

How to stay safe in Prague

Despite the fact that crime rates in Prague are comparatively low, this is a big city, and travellers should exercise the common precautions.

1) Pick-pocketing is really the worst danger. We recommend you keep valuables in a hotel safe. Do not take large amounts of cash with you as you can always use cash machines which are on every corner. Be careful in touristy areas, like Charles Bridge, Karlova St. on Old Town Square, on trams 22 and 23, on the metro during peak hours and in busy stores.

2) ‘Unsafe’ Locations – Wenceslas Square at night can be risky if you get close to prostitutes or even drug dealers who operate there. Some foreigners have been robbed of all their money. The final locations to avoid are Prague’s main train station at night and the nearby park.

Other concern which might spoil your romantic feel of the city are stag parties comprised of rowdy beer-addled lads which can appear anywhere around city centre, especially at night.

3) Taking a taxi is another problem. Always call a reputable company in order to avoid been overcharged.

Natural Hazards in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is in a zone where earthquakes are virtually unknown and tornadoes are very rare. The only natural disaster which appears in the Czech Republic is local flooding. Concerning natural hazards, it is one of the very safe countries.

Lost Property

If your passport or other valuables have been lost or stolen, report the loss to any police station. They should give you a standard crime report form to fill out, which they will stamp and return. Do not expect that the crime will be investigated; this is for insurance purposes …

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Prague Taxi Card Scam

According to reports from some Prague tourists, local police authorities and card issuing associations, Prague taxi drivers are trying a new card trick to rip off tourists. When a passenger pays by card, the driver inserts the card into the terminal and asks the passenger to enter the PIN. Then …

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Marijuana is Very Popular in the Czech Republic

Marijuana is probably the most widespread illegal drug in the Czech Republic. According to surveys more than half of people aged 15 to 34 years have tried it. Last year’s (2011) government drug report says that the marijuana use rate among the youth in this country is the highest in …

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Legal Issues – Arrest

If during your stay you are arrested, you should know that as a foreigner you have the right to the presence of an interpreter during any interrogation. Immediately after your arrest, the police on your behalf will notify your embassy, and you might choose also to notify one of your …

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Legal Issues – Crime Victims

Prague’s violent crime ratio is usually low, but petty crime like pick-pocketing and car theft are frequent. In this article you will find useful hints on what to do in the unlikely event that you fall victim to, or are involved in, a crime. Firstly, you should inform any police …

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Smoking and City Law

Since 2006 restaurants and bars have been required by law to provide a non-smoking area, but only at peak times. Frequently the non-smoking section is not screened off from smoking areas, with no extractor fans in the room. So it is unfortunate for non-smokers that often a great restaurant atmosphere …

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Tourist Traps

As with any tourist destination, there are some places designed to bring you in and separate you from your money.  These tourist traps can be fun, but they can also be a waste of time.  Here are some that you might want to avoid.   Sex Machine Museum The name …

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