Crime in Brussels, Belgium

Crime rates in Brussels, Belgium

Level of crime
54.82 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
64.10 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
48.96 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
51.03 Moderate
Worries car stolen
37.96 Low
Worries things from car stolen
55.76 Moderate
Worries attacked
50.39 Moderate
Worries being insulted
52.60 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
37.89 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
51.69 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
65.08 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
46.35 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
32.89 Low

Safety in Brussels, Belgium

Safety walking alone during daylight
71.05 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.15 Moderate

Contributors: 199

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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25 Comments so far

#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 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.