Crime in Athens, Greece

Crime rates in Athens, Greece

Level of crime
53.86 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
74.80 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
54.25 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
49.27 Moderate
Worries car stolen
42.06 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
55.32 Moderate
Worries attacked
42.06 Moderate
Worries being insulted
38.11 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
32.34 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
58.12 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
59.06 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
44.78 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
75.71 High

Safety in Athens, Greece

Safety walking alone during daylight
73.18 High
Safety walking alone during night
43.47 Moderate

Contributors: 638

Last update: October 2020

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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31 Comments so far
Giorgos on Oct 20, 2020:
Is the place that you live the center is safe but exarchia menidi and aspropyrgos is the place that you don't want to mess
Eww no on Jun 17, 2020:
Dangerous city. I never recommend this place ! Even Kylie Jenner has been robbed in there. I am serious about it ! Don't ever come there, I'm still so angry about this. I had my phone, ipad stolen from the hotel that I booked!

My english is bad! But man really that city is gross and dangerous! I never recommend!
Jurgen on May 02, 2020:
Very very dangerous City.I will never go again.
Mitsos93 on Feb 16, 2020:
I'm a Greek, living in Athens. It's an unsafe and ugly city, full of mentally ill people... You can see people screaming alone, many illegal immigrants, many junkies and many homeless. At the ghetto areas, sometimes you can hear gunshots even on daylight or get stabbed from thieves. Almost all of the (few) parks in the city, have been occupied by drug addicts and criminals. If you stay at the tourist areas, probably you will be fine. Just be aware of the pickpockets there...
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2020:
I don't know what all say but when I visited greece I was robbed 3 times and the first by violence they hit me in the head. And sometimes the thieves can kill you with a knife only for 10euro..... Athens and some other cities is the problem in Greece when I visited the islands I understand that greece is safe countries if someone want to go in athens is only for parthenon. The other things are very strange and gringe
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2020:
Athens isn’t particularly dangerous.
Crime statistics point toward the fact that it’s actually quite a safe city for travelers—Athens is not included on lengthy lists of the world’s most dangerous cities.

Heavy crimes like murder, rape etc its pretty low, probably Athens in that aspect is one of the safest cities in the world.

Still, there are certain things that travelers to Athens should keep in mind to ensure the safest possible visit.
Stay vigilant for pickpockets and other petty thieves, scammers, these are the most common crimes targeting travelers in Athens. Be especially cautious at crowded attractions, on public transportation, and in taxis, where drivers sometimes scam their passengers for higher fees. Generally though they're very helpful and safe. Plus you can use an app (taxi beat or uber) to get a taxi this way you always get the right rate.

The most prominent form of crime in Athens is, as you might guess, pickpocketing. By all accounts, pickpocketing, purse snatching, and other forms of petty theft are common, especially at crowded tourist attractions, nightlife destinations, and on buses and trains, where you should take extra care to guard your belongings. Be particularly vigilant if someone seems like they’re trying to distract you; meanwhile, someone else may be reaching into your purse.

The rest of Greece is Very safe especially the Islands.

Enjoy your stay and the food! :)
Jesica on Dec 22, 2019:
It is a country that you will see very weird things very different culture. The thinks is not so good the greeks must do something to fix their problems
Kimmy on Nov 06, 2019:
As a Greek, I know that in Athens, there is a chance of 99% to get cheated or stolen by taxi drivers, pickpockets, beggars, walking floggers (flowers) blah blah blah. Especially in public transportation, touristic neighborhoods (aka Monastiraki), when you are chilling in a restaurant, a coffee shop, even in a dance club, or at the beach.
To avoid an unpleasant situation, I would suggest you follow some basic rules.
Before you get in a taxi, always ask for the price. The daily fixed-rate from the airport to the city is 38-40€, the nightly about €60. If a driver force you to pay more, then you should call the police (tel.100)
Don't hold a lot of money on you; much better use your credit card.
Avoid a luxurious appearance. Expensive items (jewelry, watches, smartphones, etc.) attract criminals.
NEVER leave your mobile on the table of a restaurant or a coffee shop, bar, club, etc
Leave your passport at the hotel!
Don't trust street people that unexpectedly approach you. Leave them behind, and don't talk. Sometimes they are working as a team, so one person is keeping you busy, while the other is removing your valuable items. It's ok for someone to be rude in Greece, don't worry!
Women avoid taking a handbag if you don't need it.
In a restaurant, pub, bar, whatever, ask for the menu...so you can check the prices.
Women solely, who are planning to visit the Greek islands, must be aware of rapists when they are costuming alcohol. Don't trust every dude who is talking to you in a bar.
During the night, please avoid visiting Philopappos hill and generally don't walk in sketchy neighborhoods alone in the dark.
That's all. I hope that I didn't shock you; otherwise, Athens is a bitcheerful city. Enjoy
Ted on Oct 23, 2019:
I am Greek (Athenian) currently living and working in the US for the last couple of decades, but go back almost every year to visit. Athens ranks as the 45th safest city out of all the cities in the world, way ahead of many US and European cities. If you visit Athens I would recommend that you stick to the tourist sites (if you are not Greek), same with most other cities, and use common sense. Limit your night excursions if you can or are paranoid. If you don't just go out with others as a group to places locals recommend or go themselves. Always ask the taxi driver which areas are safe and how late you can safely stay out, or if you can walk around past a certain time. They are well aware of what goes on and where, and will give you good advice. Same with the people working at your hotel. I would highly recommend you spend most of your stay in Greece at the islands which are extremely safe. There are so many beautiful islands, we try to visit at least 2 different ones every time we are there. We only stay at our place in Athens for a couple of days and 2 weeks at different islands. Some times we revisit islands but we limit our time in Athens, because after all Athens is a big city, and we don't like vacationing in cities. We like the peace and tranquility of most Greek isles and their beaches. And the only places in Athens we go to eat when we are there, are the restaurants by the water with ocean view (Glyfada, Pasalimani, etc.) which are safe, and we always call for a taxi, and avoid walking around at night, unless it's a Square (Platia) full of stores and people like our local one in Nea Smirni (Athens suburb), or other Squares in the northern (more expensive) suburbs where we have relatives. Athens is not the city it used to be when I used to walk 1+ miles to school by myself starting at the age of 7 and noone bothered me. That was 40+ years ago. Unfortunately poor Albanians and other immigrants have moved in the last 20 years with bad intentions.. The pick pocket, rob, burglarize or worse... every opportunity they get. It's not the (safe) Athens of my youth. To me it's just another city now. Visit the Acropolis, a couple of museums, and then hit the islands! That's where all the Greeks and half the world spend their vacation, so why stay in Athens for more than a couple of days?
Anonymous on Oct 18, 2019:
Athens the city zombie.Drugs, jungies, pain, poors, imigrans, and politicans that thief peoples money poor greece the country of democracy the country that born all this things tha we have today now is the place of gypsies of europe
Giorgos on Oct 18, 2019:
Is that the guy say if you want to come to greece go to an island no athens and you that you say you are walking in 2 o clock to do a walk to omonoia or likabitos or panormou gkazi haha dont mes with athenians if tou threated you will die if you do your walk like a normal guy you can go out anytime you want.if you dont live in the strreet life do not say bullshit in athens i see the most weird things.. The are a lot and as a greek i say that if you are good you can go out anutime you want i if you bullshit you are dead in all the countries you can go out anytime tou want logikk
Anonymous on Oct 16, 2019:
dont understand why people are crying about how dangeruous it is? I can freely walk around at 2 o clock at night
germanflag on Oct 14, 2019:
Greece as a country is so beautiful thousands islands to party and you go athens?thats weird
Anonymous on Oct 13, 2019:
Greece is not safey friend live the crie life idiott
MF on Oct 08, 2019:
16 years in Greece. Never had a single problem. One of the safest cities I know (besides Geneva where nothing ever happens anyway). Of course, as someone complained about, you go to Exarcheia on a Saturday evening when there is some jubilee... well whould you go to the deep spanish quarter in Miami for dinner, St.Denis in Paris? Numbers confirm it is very safe. Just enjoy.
Anonymous on Oct 05, 2019:
I was in athens with my family for holidays amd we decide to go to the center. It was a beautiful day before the chaos begin we decide to go for a coffe in exarcheia square. It was quiet before a team of holligans arive with axes and molotov. The square in about 10-15 minutes it was like war zone fires and rocks fall from anywhere and the most funny thing of all this is that i was robbed and i was inside the coffe shop.Athens has a lot of problems and the goverment must do something this is not a picture of a city you go to the center the only thing tha you see is drugs trush.in all the countries that i have visited Greece is the worst it is very beautiful but the crime is more than unbealivable
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2019:
The city is like the hell. Very crime city especially in the center drugs,weapons,a lot of jungies fires and something important the peoole are sick!! I see a lot of things in this capital the next that i will visit grecce no athens choose an island or something diferent
James harley on Sep 18, 2019:
As a tourist i find athens very dangerous especally now with new goverment.. The people are sick it is the worst country to live.....
Anonymous on Sep 15, 2019:
Its where you live... If you live in athens you have a fu... Life. People are crazy the crime in very high level. In my opinion because i live 1 year and i left i am from russia and i think is a dangerous capital in over the word if you go there and you will understand no for holidays to live and you wil see sorry for bad english
Celeste Foster on May 16, 2019:
We are in Greece and a Lady offering a “free” rose put it up to my husbands chest and ripped off a $2,500 necklace and Jesus charm.

We were warned of pickpocketing and purse snatching but had no idea of necklace stealing

We are at the police station to press charges and just hope they will give the necklace back as it was a wedding gift to my husband 37 years ago.

Please warn Us Visitors about this crime.
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 europe.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.