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Barcelona tends to be a safe city in terms of violent crime, as citizens carrying firearms or weapons is illegal, and the local police or "Mossos" are almost everywhere you look.

You will need to watch out for petty crime, though. Pickpockets are abundant and resourceful. They often target tourist havens, like Starbucks coffee shops, public transport, internet cafes and Las Ramblas (one of the easiest places to have your bag swiped). Simple tips like not looking like a tourist (please, no consulting maps in the middle of the street - sit at a cafe instead), speaking loudly in English and not wearing your bum bag around your waist (the locals sling them across their chest like a bag) will help a lot.

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