Crime in Brussels, Belgium

Crime rates in Brussels, Belgium

Level of crime
59.74 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
68.64 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
49.83 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
56.51 Moderate
Worries car stolen
43.19 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
57.86 Moderate
Worries attacked
57.02 Moderate
Worries being insulted
58.00 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
41.12 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
60.05 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
66.76 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
51.50 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
38.25 Low

Safety in Brussels, Belgium

Safety walking alone during daylight
65.04 High
Safety walking alone during night
34.75 Low

Contributors: 426

Last update: November 2023

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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12 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 09, 2023:
City center, south, southeast and eastern parts of the city are relatively safe, though avoid city center during the night. Avoid however altogether the North, northwest, west, and southwest parts of the city even during daytime. If you are a woman I suggest you travel in group if possible and dress very moderately and avoid putting on makeup as sexual harassment by arab men is very common in the city center and in public transportation, though it is not nearly as bad in Brussels as it is in French big cities like Paris or Marseille.
Sandra on Sep 07, 2023:
Hi, Apartment hunting at the moment .I have seem one in Rue de Poincon Brussels near the Urseline school.Just wondering if anyone knows if its a safe street.
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.