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Crime & scams

 

 

Crime is not a major problem in Oslo, but as in any metropolitan area, some caution is warranted. Violent crime is rare, but not unheard of. Avoid getting in to quarrels in taxi queues after closing hours of bars. The police advise that the area along the Akerselva river from Grønland to Cuba is best avoided after dark. It is notorious for multiple instances of rape, muggings and drug dealing.

There has been an increase of rape in Oslo. Authorities have increased the frequency of patrols and have made arrests. Women should remain highly vigilant, particularly at night and when clubs and pubs are closing. Avoid walking alone through parks and poorly lit areas of the city. Do not, under any circumstances, use “pirate taxis” or other unofficial transportation.

The area in front of Oslo Central Station down to Skippergata is plagued by the drug trade. However, this is not the only area in the city where you might see drug dealers. Another area for drug dealers is along the Akerselva river.

Theft and pick pocketing is a relatively big problem in Oslo. Police blame itinerant criminal bands from abroad for a some of it. Normal precautionary rules apply:

Watch out for pick pockets in crowds.

Do not leave your belongings unattended.

Avoid leaving your mobile phone and wallet on café tables.

 

Scams

Common scams occur in Oslo, and there are recent (2008) reports on the "guessing game" being perpetrated on the street

 

 

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