For the most part, walking around Milan, even during late hours, feels very safe. Violence, intoxication or crimes are not a common sight. Nevertheless, pickpocketing and theft do happen, and it is best to be careful. The most hazardous spots are at public transportation stops, next to ticket vending machines, kiosks, automated teller machines and the like. It is advised to stay alert, and not to walk around with your bags opened. Purses and wallets should be hidden in an internal pocket, or better yet – carried in a travel money belt under your garments, especially when travelling with large sums of money in cash. Cell phones should not be places in open pockets. Take notice of strangers who offer to help you purchase your tickets, lead you around town or grant you presents. Do not form eye contact with them, and be assertive in your refusal. Any major station has security and information clerks that you can assist with if you need to. In crowded settings make sure to carefully watch your belongings. Being cautious can help in keeping your valuables and securing an enjoyable trip.