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Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.
Istanbul currently has 15% danger pay due to terrorist threats and attacks in the city. In December an attack outside a soccer stadium killed 40 policemen. Another attack on January 1 killed over 40 at a nightclub. The consulate currently restricts employees from visiting certain types of locations to mitigate the threat. There are still plenty of activities, restaurants and sites to visit. Crime is much lower than most cities in the U.S. - Sep 27, 2017
The southeastern part of the country can be a hotbed for would-be political reformists. Also, be aware of Istiklal Caddesi, which runs off of Taksim Square. If anything is going to happen, it will start at the far end of the caddesi. - Oct 24, 2010
An amazingly safe city given its size - I feel much safer here than in US cities of much smaller size. - Jan 4, 2010
Relatively safe city - Jan 3, 2010
Some very bad terrorist incidents in the past, but does not appear organized or persistent. Security services seem to do their job. Have heard of pick-pocketing incidents, but have had no problems of my own. Much safer than I expected. - Dec 21, 2009
Street crime is not too common, but it still exists in Istanbul. If you take the normal precautions you should be ok. - Dec 3, 2009