Especialy in summer season, when thousands of tourist come to Odessa, many people become the target of a pickpocket. It can happens it crowded places of old city, where dozens of people walking around in the evening. Sometimes it happens in shops with big number of people in it. But the most popular place for that is city transport. Odessa transport is pretty bad and usually awfully crowded. That is why you should be careful and watch attentively to your phone, or pocket.
How to avoid this? Best option escape any crowd and don’t get inside it. Second one option is to keep you phone or pocket in right place. If you have a backpack or handbag, keep it in front of you, not behind. Do not put your phone into hip pocket! It’s best place for stealing. Always better to put anything in front pocket of jeans ect.
You should remember this rules, because if somebody steal your pocket or phone, be sure, police don’t help you and even won’t try. So remember the right places to keep things, or carry phone in your hand while you are in crowd.
Another important point in understanding whether Odessa safe for american travelers, is right taxi choice. There are several types of taxi service.
The first option – a taxi that is ordered in a special service by phone. This is most preferable option, because you only contact with operator of communication, and you will immediately get information about price of your trip. In this case, driver will not know in advance where you came from, and will not be able to tell you a different price than the one that was first determined by operator of service. Such a taxi is easy to order by purchasing a sim card of Ukrainian mobile operators. This is also easy to do, because SIM cards in Ukraine are not attached to passport data. Also you can ask to order a taxi at the reception in your hotel, or to get local taxi service numbers.
Another type of taxi – stationary, which stand just on the street. Such taxi drivers always see who gets into their car, a foreigner or a local, so it’s not always safe. In addition, they always take a much larger fee for their services. The most striking example of this will be taxi drivers at airport, who will offer you a fee twice and thrice time higher, than if you order a taxi by phone. Just remember this.
The third option is uber. Uber system operates in Odessa. If you have an appropriate application in your smartphone, you can easily use this service.
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