In general, travelers will find Cuba’s safety to be on par with any other westernized country. Violent crime is virtually non-existent to tourists, but petty thievery is on the rise in areas popular with foreigners and you should never exchange money with people on the streets. Common sense will take you far. Taxi drivers are as honest as taxi drivers anywhere else (running an inflated meter for foreigners is commonplace), but when you’re paying the inflated rate of $5 versus a local’s fare of $1 USD for a twenty or thirty minute taxi ride you might find it hard to detect yet alone quibble over. Your belongings will be safe if you leave them at the front desk of even the most basic hotel and some higher end hotels have room safes.