Crime in Brussels, Belgium

Crime rates in Brussels, Belgium

Level of crime
55.00 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
63.99 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
48.39 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
51.26 Moderate
Worries car stolen
40.15 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
55.41 Moderate
Worries attacked
51.73 Moderate
Worries being insulted
53.20 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
37.89 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
54.73 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
64.02 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
46.79 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
35.94 Low

Safety in Brussels, Belgium

Safety walking alone during daylight
68.74 High
Safety walking alone during night
38.38 Low

Contributors: 277

Last update: June 2021

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
Joe on Feb 21, 2021:
Brussels is a special place in Europe; not only is is a very multicultural city that relies almost exclusively on the EU to exist, but it has the most uneven distribution of crime on the entire continent. I've traveled quite a bit, and I have rarely seen a city with such dramatic differences in crime levels between areas. Some parts of Brussels have virtually no crime, whereas others would blush if you called them sketchy. What's even more shocking is that neighboring areas WITHIN certain boroughs/communes have drastically different crime rates. There is no better example than the infamous Molenbeek area; some parts are safe for even the most fragile of individuals, whereas others are worse than the Bronx in the 80s and 90s.

This city is truly a maze of safety.
Dan on Feb 04, 2021:
Brussels is mostly safe, but yes you must know where you go. There some part of brussels that are not safe(ie:south station, north station, North of brussels ect, its hard to say where you are unsecure as its some part of each district.
Im local from brussels.
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2020:
This city is completely unsafe with a very high criminality .
Russel on Jul 25, 2020:
Belgium is on it way to getting crime levels as bad the U.K. but hopefully that will never happen.
Anonyme on Apr 26, 2020:
Brussels only #19 of crime in Europe ? Haha must be higher ...
Always robbery, drugs , terrorism...
jz on Apr 26, 2020:
brussels is many morrocan and terrorism big problem and very much robbery
maro dmo on Apr 26, 2020:
Brussels must be higher in the crime rankings, there are many Moroccans and it is one of the cities where there is the most robbery of Europe and there is a district which it is called Molenbeek is the capital of terrorism
raphael on Nov 26, 2019:
I'm a local from Brussels, I would say it's not dangerous as a whole. Just a lot of thief especially bicycle thief.
Avoid some bad neighborhood like around Gare du Nord, Gare du Midi, and some bad neighborhood and you should be OK :)
So Be It on Nov 08, 2019:
I was harassed during the day in the city centre by guys that seemed Moroccan/Alegerian. Apparently these people don't know how to behave when they see blond women. I was shocked by the stark ethnic segregation of the city.
Anderson on Nov 03, 2019:
To avoid walking solo at night: Anderlecht, near the canal, near de Brouckère station and around Rue Neuve at night (not so much dangerous as just unpleasant), near Gare du Midi (except directly Parvis de St Gilles), Annesseens, the quieter streets just north of the EU quarter. Brussels is safe, but as with everywhere it is not good to walk in certain areas (badly lit and quiet) at night.
beatrice on Oct 24, 2019:
I have lived in Brussels for 10 years now. Just like any big city, you have to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Yes, catcalling happens, it happens everywhere though, not only Brussels and I believe it would be unfair to pin it all on this beautiful city. I have never had any big problems regarding my safety here, rape cases and mugging cases happen, they happen EVERYWHERE. Be vigilant, educate yourself on these cases, be AWARE. Personally I have avoided the dodgy places, such as Gare du Midi, but every city has places you should avoid!!!! Brussels is as safe as many other European cities, it is beautiful and so worth visiting. Underrated city.
A. S. Mathew on Oct 19, 2019:
Made a road trip through 10 European countries in a hurry, walked through the streets of the major cities in the day time. After passing through many U.S. cities (living in the U.S. for 48 years), while watching the far less number of police officers and the sounds of sirens, what I have experienced in the very highly crowded cities like Amsterdam was quite surprising. Hardly any police seen, which means farther less crimes. The people are healthier, hardly any fat people. To the total strangers when I smiled, they smiled. Religion is far less important, and nobody will fight for religion, that is another plus point. Over all, the people are enjoying life with less craving for bigger material possessions of life.
Alice on Oct 15, 2019:
Avoid areas around the Bourse at night, as well as near Gare du Midi and some quieter parts (Schaerbeek, north of the EU quarter, la chasse). For a nicer experience of Brussels, stay near Châtelain, Flagey, Fernand Cocq, Bois de la Cambre.
Henkka on Oct 01, 2019:
@peter: It's true, the Gare du Nord area is definitely not where I'd recommend to go. Not a safe area at all, so avoid it as much as you can, most people in Brussels avoid it too. Same thing with some areas around Schaerbeek and Molenbeek, and surely Gare du Midi at night isn't very nice either. Aside from that, no big deal anywhere else, Brussels is still a pretty nice and safe city worth visiting (at least no less safe than any other European capital).
peter on Sep 29, 2019:
I was in Brussels recently and in one night out of two, in the Gare du Nord area,I was twice manhandled around an arm by two men; one a beggar another a psychopath; only the fact that I'm a big man helped me to pull them away from me unharmed. I don't know whether this is exceptional or typical, but one official tourist guide suggests the latter. I was also amazed at how much that area smelled of urine in the streets; I have never known any other place quite like it. Central and south Brussels seemed alright but that northern area shocked me like no other place has.
Stephanie on Sep 27, 2019:
Hi. Anyone can help me decide if the area around la roue in anderlecht is safe.
Anonymous on Sep 15, 2019:
I've lived in Brussels for 8 years now and think it varies where you go. Near the centre and sketchier areas at night there's a lot of catcalling, drunk people, homeless people and pickpocketing (I even got my phone stolen last week), but apart from the little things that they have in any Capital in Europe, Brussels is quite nice. Although I love Brussels and living here I will admit sometimes the people can act disgusting- if I'm in the centre or less safe areas I will get hit on or even followed by middle aged men (which as a 15 year old girl is disgusting) who are drunk or just creepy. But apart from that I love the architecture, food is great and in my opinion it is beautiful.
Ananymous on Jun 21, 2019:
I've lived in and around Brussels for 4 years. It's true that the city centre isn't very clean and there are loads of North Africans and begging migrants from the Middle East. However I think this makes the city feel less safe than it really is. Cases of people being robbed, attacked etc. are very rare. I've never felt unsafe walking around personally.
Anonymous on May 23, 2019:
Filthy, Dirty, Rude. Dangerous!!! I traveled two months in Europe with never a worry. My bag was taken on the train in front of me. the police and porters were nowhere to be seen. I reported the theft at the next stop. “Yes, that happens a lot on the Brussels train.” “Was it an older man three boys and two old ladies?” YES!! “hum”
Sooo??? Stop IT! Brussels police and train had a Total disregard for the incident.
When I applied for a new passport in Luxembourg, they said was extremely common. Brussels put four guys with machine guns at the train entrance, but do nothing to stop the theft. Beautiful history and buildings. but I won’t be back!!!
John on Apr 19, 2019:
The only people who speak bad about Brussels are obviously extreme right wind idiots with enormous hate against any other race, who are constantly pushing odin, thor and other stupidities trough their white pride terror, and thus they have a serious attitude problem. Brussels is one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Europe. If you do not want to get into trouble, you will NEVER get into trouble if you mind your business, that is everywhere in Europe, except in the USA where you can get killed just because of the brand new sneakers some young criminal wants from you. So, most of the reviews about Brussels here comes from the people who even don't know where Belgium and Brussels are situated, so when I read to the first sentence of the most reviewers here, I get immediate picture about it. Visit Brussels, it is a world class city, very safe and friendly.
Anonymous on Feb 26, 2019:
This city is really filthy and dirty and last night I saw a man sexually harassed a woman in front of Boers (Brussels Stock Exchange). In this area, so many people got drunk at night and we didn't feel safe at all at night. My phone got stolen as well last night in the same area and the irony was, I just took a picture like 5 seconds ago, the next thing I knew when I put my phone on the pocket, it was gone. I was suspicious about these 2 men behind us and they acted so weird and whispering to each other, and followed us behind. I knew there was something wrong with them and yet I didn't aware enough to put my phone is a safe place instead of my pocket. I ran over to one of them, and this guy acted like he don't speak English but he knew that we wanted to ask him about the phone. Fuck this city and all arrogant and drunken people on the street at night.
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2019:
Nastiest arrogant and dirtiest city has nothing to do with hygene the locals are racist and arrogant and the minorities they pick already have relatives in blackworking,even if you pay for things in brussels you,shall be scammed police are extremely overused,abusive selfcentered and useless mostly some sort torture image towards the people very bad services alof of icreasing rape and assault not that south americans or africans are the blame,because the system picks criminals from these countries and puts them in the same area to create this disorder cancer bad staff bad,service majority does not work criminality is the most popular branch in the economy the soldiers only take place nearjewish jewelry stores and not other public areas ~ police,sirenes once in every half hour we understand isis attacks had occured but everywhere in europe this problem had taken place yet nobody handled it like,brussels
ALOT of homeless people this city likely works for media images to hate islam or thirdworld countries to feed egoistic mindsets of whoever we already know staffs these ideoligies. BRUSSELS is a great example of what the EU is going to look like in 2030
Jamil Maqsood on Jan 03, 2019:
I’m living in Belgium since 2000. And I’m living in Brussels (Ixelles) since 2005. It is great city where local institutions always on a run to keep the city clean, safe and better place to live. I’ never faced any problem except sometimes about language. But overall people and the state apparatus is very cooperative. They do and carry out their duties in most professional manner. I’ hope this city will continue serve its inhabitants and tourists as well.
Best of luck Brussels & Belgium.
Bjorn on Nov 04, 2018:
I've studied in Brussels for a year, worked there half a year and now go out there twice a month. The city centre is quite dirty and the Brussels North and South station areas feel a bit like North Africa. However, I was never robbed there, none of my friends were so I think Brussels is a lot safer than it sometimes feels. I really like the city and I hope the city centre continues to improve.
Philip on Sep 21, 2018:
Haha if Brussels is dangerous can you imagine Brazil 63800 peoples murdered in 2017 year for guns
Afraid on May 08, 2018:
Brussels is a terrible city to live. It s expensive and people are very rude. Even when one us paying for a service, there will always be a problem. It is full of Arabic turks and other people who don t respect Belgium nationals or other residents. It is impossible to find a job if you don t know the right people at the EU, which is now governed by Italians Spanish and local bruxelois. The corruption is huge, the education a scandal and it is a time bomb that will explode due to the lack of control of neighbourhoods rubbed by turks, mostly.The justice system is polluted and the foreigners present are ignorant and dangerous. It is a living hell, actually.
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.