Crime in Brussels, Belgium

Crime rates in Brussels, Belgium

Level of crime
57.58 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
66.81 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
51.50 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
51.89 Moderate
Worries car stolen
39.22 Low
Worries things from car stolen
59.19 Moderate
Worries attacked
53.60 Moderate
Worries being insulted
55.34 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
42.24 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
52.54 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.09 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
47.25 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
32.24 Low

Safety in Brussels, Belgium

Safety walking alone during daylight
70.66 High
Safety walking alone during night
36.48 Low

Contributors: 123

Last update: February 2018

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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11 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Feb 01, 2018 :
People who say it's lovely and safe city are out of their minds (typical belgian ignorance and pride). Let's state some facts:
- big percentage of people are immigrants, usually from arab countries, which is a single main reason for Brussels being a crime paradise, that's also a reason why a city is quite cheap compared to other western european cities, immigrants already got many positions in institutions and can protect their relatives who are criminals
- Brussels is widely known as terrorist hub in Europe, even if you don't see attacks for a while you think all those terrorist have office jobs? no, they deal drugs, pickpocket people and run other shady business
- moderate level of crime may apply only if you compare the city to Africa or South America, even on this site in Europe ranking Brussels is 11th out of 110 cities, this is top 10% of worst places to live and visit, but even this kind of ranking may be fake because... read below
- typical belgian mentality is to be so proud about their country and ignore all bad things about it, they will never admit Brussels is crime paradise, they ignore smaller crimes, police is ignorant, they would lie about the standards of living just to keep their tourist business running and won't tell you the truth, because of that crimes are not reported well, crime tolerance is very high, that makes criminals confident and that's why crime is constantly on the rise and we can easily expect Brussels to become the most dangerous city in Europe in next few years
- literally half of the city should be marked as no-go areas, especially at night, molenbeek, anderlecht, midi and nord stations, all suburbs, that's why it's so desolated at night, belgians adapted their life style and sit home at night and won't tell you it's because it's so dangerous to go outside
- heavy presence of military may be a good sign that somebody at least tries to do something, but it's also obvious that miliary is not walking around streets for no reason, and that can only keep some terrorist at home and it won't protect your home from burglary or your wallet from being stolen
#Anonymous on Nov 24, 2017 :
Brussels are a wonderful city with lot of tourist expectations and can’t stop to visit,likely the foods and high street shopping ! Generally, most of shop assistant or owner shown quite relatively and honestly toward tourist.
However, try to avoid any local residents catching area as may cause your losses of delights. Avoid carry extra bags while visiting tourist spot / dinner / shopping / robbers could be a lot. Do not expecting any assistance from most of the local residents in case of emergency (no one may able to extend their favour). Suggest, the country tourist board or local School shall educate the residents or students on give help to foreigners or anyone if needed.
We lost (stolen) our handy bag (with international passport) where just place next the left hand side for less than 3 second. We keep shouting asking for help (help/police/....) nearly 60 second, no one willing to come approach nor Security / Police / Volunteer right in the Centre of Train Station. Station Staff / Security / Volunteer and Passenger keep on the step and stay away, what the country going to be if people being educated on such a spontaneous reaction ! So, as tourist / human living, minimize your luggage for visiting and humble yourself for love.
#Anonymous on Nov 23, 2017 :
It’s simply a shady place and forget about help from the police. Just moved out and I will never return, and it is filthy. Im a man and I can see how many creepy ass men are around. It’s a sick place completely and totally abnormal.
#Julian on Jul 31, 2017 :
I've been living in Brussels for 6 years now and never had any issues. We are used to go out at night during week-end in the city centre and come back home walking or with taxi (From Central Station to Maelbeek). We've never had any issues walking alone during the night (either me or my girlfriend, alone).
Some district might feel a bit unsafe at night (south of Midi train station for example) but, never had any trouble if you applied common sense vigilance principles.
Tourists districts are very safe, some unwanted solicitations might make your uncomfortable but minor things only.
Try to avoid the suburb, as usual in any big cities, centre city transportation is safe and people are usually friendly and helpful.
#Anders on Jun 17, 2017 :
I had heard Belgium was very unsafe, but after having been here for a few days and walked all over, both in daytime and nighttime, I haven't seen it. Lots of hookers, drug use and general urban decay, sure, but it is an European capitol after all.

The heavy presence of police, military and security guards may be a recent development that has helped.

I am a young male, your mileage may vary.
#Anonymous on Jun 10, 2017 :
Brussel is a wonderful city. People are getting paranoid about terrorist attack but every day life is really safe, It's probably THE safest european capital! I'm yong and probably more going out than any person who comment below and i never ever had a problem. You have to be vigilent and not stupid that's it.
#Fabienne Moeyaert on May 02, 2017 :
Brussels is not safe, i've got once raped in the street while I was taking a parking ticket. Never visit this city!!
#talitha on Jul 24, 2016 :
I live in brussels too.i feel very unsafe, been followed around, insulted many times for wearing a summer dress etc and even been groped in the streets a few times.i ve lived in madrid before and never ever felt unsafe there.i travel a lot to metropoles in europe, canada and the US and i feel unsafest in brussels, even in the city center.they let everybody in without any restrictions, hardly send anyone to prison and criminals are aware of this.
#Anonymous on May 29, 2016 :
I live in Uccle, my car has been borken twice while parking on the street during the night.
Going out in the evening is not safe.
Got a knock on my door from total strangers and an investigation from police because a neighbour women 'fell' from her balcony...
Since Paris attack, the police cars siren nearly once per hour during daylight, sometimes even during night.
#Anonymous on May 29, 2016 :
I fear to go out at night or in the evening, my car
#Ivan on May 10, 2016 :
I live in Brussels, and I wanted to have something different to say, but the truth is that Brussels has become very dangerous especially in the night in the city center. Besides the constant fear of a terrorist attack. If you are thinking of visiting Brussels , I would advise to choose another European Capital most safe.