Crime in Athens, Greece

Crime rates in Athens, Greece

Level of crime
58.57 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
77.34 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
57.40 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
53.88 Moderate
Worries car stolen
47.38 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
59.29 Moderate
Worries attacked
47.92 Moderate
Worries being insulted
45.10 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
37.66 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
63.92 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
64.26 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
50.15 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
79.32 High

Safety in Athens, Greece

Safety walking alone during daylight
66.81 High
Safety walking alone during night
37.95 Low

Contributors: 920

Last update: February 2024

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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20 Comments so far
Alex on Feb 17, 2024:
Europe is becoming more dangerous.....More drugs more viloence....
Moff on Jan 23, 2024:
Not a safe city at all, in the center there are loads of immigrants, junkies and gypsies that would rob you or even may kill you for a few bucks. Police nowhere to be found, in fact they might delay to respond in purpose, thus not to put themselves in danger. Note that there is nothing else to see in Athens as a tourist, besides the Parthenon. So see it and get out fast. Visit some island.
bill on Nov 04, 2023:
the center of the citi is very dangerous and everyere there are drug dealers. Also in Athens there is a lot of violence going on with hooligans.
Globglogabgalab on Sep 11, 2023:
There's a reason people call this place Gotham City
Trafficboss on Jun 17, 2023:
I was in Athens for 6 days. Nearly got robbed twice in Attiki. Also never go to Acharness
Carol H on Jun 17, 2023:
We arrived 6/15/23. Took hired driver from airport to our hotel. Streets blocked off due to riots. Driver puts us out 1 km from hotel. We had to take luggage thru riot got gassed by the police gassing the rioters and we were robbed. Tourist police would not allow us to say we were robbed on the report. All our cash, credit cards were stolen. We were afraid to tour Athens, so we got a flight out asap. Will never come back.
Anonymous on Feb 27, 2023:
Guys go visit Omonia it is the safest neighborhood in Athens /j
PlagiaSkepsi on Jan 21, 2023:
We were Europe's SAFEST country until 1991... Then we wrongfully accepted albanians (europe's archcriminals) and then georgians, pakistanis, algerians, moroccans etc. Yes, 90% of Greece's crimes (according to OFFICIAL stats) originates from those plus the gypsies. DO YOU REALLY WANT A SAFE EUROPE? You know the answer...
The Atgenean on Jan 18, 2023:
Greek having grown up in Athens here

While crime isn't uncommon, I think these estimates exaggerate the level for most areas & if you take the necessary precautions nothing will happen to you. Omonoia, Acharnes/Menidi & Zefyri are the most affected areas that you should avoid but if you're careful you should be safe outside these parts.

I give crime index a 35, safety during daylight 75 & safety during night 60
Mika on Aug 19, 2022:
I live in AThens/Centar.Kipseli,many years and never have any problem.
Anonymous on Oct 11, 2021:
Athens is a very very dangerous city things are a lot worse then these numbers. My advise to tourists see the Parthenon and get the hell out there is not much to see but filth and the city has a smell of a public washroom. Bad experience
philip walker on Jun 27, 2021:
I am a 57 year old Englishman who has lived for 12 years in central Athens, during this time I have never felt threatened or unsafe, and yet I have walked around extensively to many areas of the city that look rough or run down, always with a camera visible as I am a keen photographer. Having lived and worked in 11 large cities around the world including Caracas and Nairobi, I would like to state that Athens is safe if you obviously listen to local advice and take the normal precautions as a tourist in any big city particularly during the night.
Anonymous on Jun 15, 2021:
Unfortunately this cradle of civilization is experiencing its worst decline
nikos on Nov 02, 2020:
Generally in Athens and Greece have very high crime, stolen, attacks.
Guns in Peristeri, Korydallos and Nikaia.
I live in Athens and i want leave from Country, Mexico is safety if compare Athens.
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! :)