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Thankfully the smaller crowds also mean petty crime is less common. But, you can still run into trouble, and there are pickpockets in certain areas. These places shouldn't be avoided all-together, but you should be sure to exercise extra caution.
In Sofia, Sveta Nedelya Square and its underpass near the Sheraton Hotel and the underpass to Central Station are popular places for criminals, some criminals may be on drugs – so avoid these areas if you are alone or late at night.
The red light district near Pliska Hotel and park areas near Lion's Bridge, or Lvov Most, also are considered unsafe, and occasionally muggings do occur.
Resort areas like Sunny Beach and the mountain ski resorts can also be problematic with their growing population of scammers and criminals, who can be forceful and persistent.
There is also reported to be a "gypsy" element in Bulgaria which popularly gets associated with general beggars and people selling trinkets and other items. Keep a close eye on your belongings while in crowded areas.
Beggars often don't take no for an answer, and may hang around you for a while before they finally give up. If they try to sell you pirated DVDs or souvenirs, give a firm no and do not entertain the idea. Eventually they will leave you alone.
These people may ask how long you're staying, and hassle you each and every day to buy something. If you tell them to leave you alone when you first see them, chances are they'll not try again.
Beware of these scams, from the currency exchange to taxi drivers who are ripping-off tourists.
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