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Although Nicaragua, in contrast to the dangerous place it was in the 1980's, is now considered to be fairly safe for tourists, all people traveling abroad in any country need to take some precautions, in order to avoid becoming a victim of the tourist-aimed crime that seems to affect more and more travelers all the time in destination cities. In order to do this in a place such as Managua, where many tourists visit, try to avoid carrying more cash than you need, especially if you are out shopping or visiting attractions where there is little or no security. Do not wear expensive jewelry, and if staying in a hotel be sure to make use of your hotel's safe for your valuable items. Men should not carry wallets in their back pockets and women need to pay close attention to their bags while shopping and dining. Backpackers should keep their packs locked, especially while they are wearing them. Visitors should not go out at night alone and would do well to take a taxi rather than walk to their destinations. Also, be especially alert in train stations, markets, and other places where large numbers of travelers congregate.
The most sensitive areas are: The oriental market, don't even wear a watch and be aware at all times because even your sunglasses can be snatched. Two, be careful with taxis there are some that are used by violent robbers. Backpackers should not take their backpacks to the markets, locked or not. If you rent a car, be alert at junctions. A robber of pieces from your windshield wiper or wheel covers will lift them very quickly if you are not wide awake. Look around when you park anywhere. One place that is super dangerous is the center of Legal permissions. Even the caps from your air valves will go. At night make sure that you park in a lighted place. The Hilton Hotel car park is not lighted.