Belfast Warnings and Dangers
Belfast is generally a safe city but, like any other city, it does have things to be on guard about. Also, it’s important to understand local politics so you don’t get involved in any entanglements.
If you are caught drinking in public, you will be charged a high fine. The fee varies depending on where the citation was given out. Authorities seem to be really serious about this law. Another thing to watch out for is to obey local speed limits when driving. Belfast is inundated with traffic speed cameras.
Avoid Talking Politics
People in Belfast generally follow a common protocol – don’t talk politics. Belfast is a safe city, but when trouble starts, it really starts. Locals don’t like when tourists claim to have descended from Belfast and argue politics based on research they’ve done. Locals have lived it. Also, be mindful of the types of questions you ask; the troubles are not yet past history and long-forgotten, it’s still raw for many people.
People on the Street
If you are walking around the area by city hall, be careful around some of the people hanging around. Starting in the early afternoon until the late hours at night, there are people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some of them start fights and others will try to steal from you.
Also, beware of car rental agencies that try to sell you unnecessary insurance. Even if you are covered by your own or credit card coverage, they’ll tell you it is required by law to buy from them. Speaking of rentals, never leave valuables, bags, passports inside a rental car in Belfast. Use a secure parking area.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Belfast.