Crime in Athens, Greece

Crime rates in Athens, Greece

Level of crime
51.62 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
75.00 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
52.11 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
46.82 Moderate
Worries car stolen
38.19 Low
Worries things from car stolen
53.34 Moderate
Worries attacked
38.61 Low
Worries being insulted
34.21 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
28.58 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
55.58 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
56.98 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
41.98 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
75.00 High

Safety in Athens, Greece

Safety walking alone during daylight
78.51 High
Safety walking alone during night
46.66 Moderate

Contributors: 518

Last update: October 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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22 Comments so far

#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 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 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)