Be EXTREMELY carefull if you decide to go at night to the Taksim Square area. Don't carry your cameras if they are sophisticated and try to avoid to use your cellular phone there, to avoid the risk of to be pickpocketed.
It was suggested to me by locals, that after ten or eleven at night, if you're going to be out, you'd best be with others. If alone, stay away from strangers on the streets. Do not interact with them, but move along quickly, ignoring them. This is especially so if you are not on the main streets.
Like other metropolitan cities, there are some relatively unsecure places in Istanbul. Like Istaklal Caddesi/ Beyoglu after (2-3 a.m. until 7 a.m.) Try to do not look like tourist if you must be there!
The Taksim square are will be the scene of huge demonstrations at the First of May.
Better to avoid the square for sightseeing that day.
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