Crime in Athens, Greece

Crime rates in Athens, Greece

Level of crime
52.00 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
75.49 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
52.61 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
46.86 Moderate
Worries car stolen
38.11 Low
Worries things from car stolen
53.95 Moderate
Worries attacked
38.75 Low
Worries being insulted
33.71 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
28.71 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
55.30 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
56.12 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
41.72 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
75.52 High

Safety in Athens, Greece

Safety walking alone during daylight
79.01 High
Safety walking alone during night
47.05 Moderate

Contributors: 459

Last update: April 2019

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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13 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Feb 26, 2019 :
Athens crime has increased dramatically in the years of economic crisis. I strongly recommend to tourists that are not aware of the city to make a research before coming and make sure to walk only in areas that are crowded in the night time and you will be fine
#Antonios on Dec 19, 2018 :
I am an Athenian .

1. Terrorism, etc.

I am writing in December 2018. A bomb , estimated at 10 kg of explosives , just blew up outside a TV station . Fires are still smoldering in Exarcheia, where e v e r y weekend firebombs are being thrown at cars and businesses and houses .

A couple of years ago , a law was passed , in order to release some convicted terrorists from prison . As a result , more than 10.000 violent criminals (rapists, bank robbers, murderers and the like) were released as well. Without the fear of prison, crime has skyrocketed.

2. Home invasions (VERY serious problem)

Recently , following a spike in violent home invasions and murders within houses, the minister in charge said , verbatim: "If someone breaks into your house, just pretend you are asleep". At the same time it is ILLEGAL for someone to defend his/herself in one's home : The law protects the robber/invader and if a robber is injured by his victim, the victim will be in trouble, not the robber . The very notion of self-defence , even in one's own home, is illegal . My brother has had enough of this hellhole , after the THIRD robbery in his home (a small apartment in Nea Smyrni, nothing fancy), he didn't even call the police . Older people are routinely tortured in their houses , Rapes in houses by robbers , even in front of the victims' children, are also frequent .

3. State Universities.

Recently the Athens University Of Economics and Business' Rector and professors decided to shut down the university for a week. The reason is that their calls for help have gone unheeded from the police , following gvt orders. AUEB, NTUA and other State Universities are frequently closing because they are unable to operate . The reason is that they are de facto and even DE JURE , no-go zones, the police are prohibited to enter there BY LAW. As a result, according to the faculty and management of, eg, AUEB, the University is a haven for criminals.

Illicit trade (of gigarettes, counterfeit clothing etc), squats by non-students, attempted rapes , beatings, preparation and use of incendiary firebombs are par for the course , everyday occurences at Athenian "universities".
On special days, fights with the police , beating up of professors, dumping of garbage bins on desks and common rooms, add spice to the atmosphere.

4. Criminal anarchist groups

Since 2015 , one particular anarchist group called Rouvikonas (Rubicon), with political connections, has risen to fame, by systematically smashing up TV stations, businesses, hotels, supermarkets, courts, even the Supreme Admin Court (StE) of Greece . They use sledgehammers and throw paint . They always walk away free, funnily enough.
The connections were made clear on two occasions. Once, when they smashed up a room where the vice-premier was giving a speech. The vice-premier, Dragasakis, said, "leave them alone, they are our children". On the second occasion, they managed to enter the greek parliament , shout slogans and raise a banner. The Speaker of the House ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms of the parliament to not only release them, but actually drive them to where they wanted to go, in police cars. This, along with their funding and the fact that thay operate freely, despite the fact that they write with their real names on Facebook, would create suspicion, but I am not a suspicious person.

I could write much more, but, really, just avoid Athens if you have small children, are a woman, or a man wearing a tie.

If, on the other hand , you like molotov firebombs and graffiti, filth and the smell of urine spreading for miles on end, you will absolutely love it !
#Philip on Aug 06, 2018 :
If Greece can you imagine my country Brazil 70.0000 peoples murdered for gun in 1year
#james on Jul 23, 2018 :
One of the most beautifull and safest cities in every city in europe there is bad neibourhoods. if you avoid omoneia and ghetto areas athens is very safe.i live in athens 10 years and i dont had any problem.if you want see the beautifull side of athens visit athens riviera and dont stay in omoneia
#Anonymous on Jul 20, 2018 :
The city is ugly as hell. But it is safe
#JamesJ on Jul 01, 2018 :
High crime, especially in the city's centre and the poorer suburbs. Some people may be nice and helpful, but many of them are just rude and act like divas. Even in the safest northern suburbs I've heard of several burglaries, but thankfully nobody has ever broken into my apartment so far.
And the school students are so rude, that bullying/mocking is almost part of their school culture there. My children have complained about it a lot :(
#HAsan on Mar 17, 2018 :
Safest place on Europe . Just avoid shady areas if you have over 70iq no way to get pickpocketd
#Anonymous on Jan 18, 2018 :
What a shit hole city. they tired to rape me and they stole my 1000 euros. fuck greece and the city
#Haania on Jun 20, 2017 :
Athens metros are not safe at all. Me and my friend got robbed today. We are tourist and today was our first day in athens. The attitide of police is very casual if we complain them as if robbery is part of athenian culture
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2017 :
As long as you avoid certain parts of the city at night it is perfectly safe and vivid ;)
#Νιχολαος on Nov 17, 2016 :
Look I will be honest, things happen everywhere and can happen at anytime. I got mugged in Monastiraki/Gazi area walking back from the Clubs, but I was just unlucky, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I still think the City is safe, as always, every City has its shady areas, and Athens has these which are to be avoided at night. Having a Greek background, I felt at home in Athens, it truly is an awesome City and I hope people don't get frightened away from visiting this historically rich City. I still love this City so much even though I had some bad luck and I encourage people to take advantage of what the City has to offer, ranging from History, plenty of sight seeing, beautiful old streets and houses in the Plaka area, food is amazing and really awesome nightlife as well in the Gazi area.
#phoebs on Jul 19, 2016 :
As a Greek person and moreover, an Athenian, the real numbers should read: safety during the day: 85% and safety during the night time: 70%. And to be quite honest, there of course are some areas or particular "zones" in the centre of Athens, that aren't as quite harmless as they used to be, but in Athens in general the violence index is even today low and extreme episodes are truly rare. The very positive thing is that, you can walk in the night, even pass midnight, and you will always come across people on the streets, couples, friends etc.. So, generally speaking, because yes, there is always an exception in the general rule, you won't experience fear and surely not prejudice or bullying what ever your country or skin color... Cheers
#george on Dec 05, 2015 :
Athens is very safe and welcome tourists even immigrants have no problem at all! Of course as in every country there are some restaurant owners,taxi drivers etc that try to take you more money if you are tourist but don't be ashamed to ask a Greek person where to go or how much money is the usual fare or for directions and cheap transportation etc ..All Greeks will happily help you(so much it a kind of anoid hahaha)