Crime in Cologne, Germany

Crime rates in Cologne, Germany

Level of crime
46.53 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
69.95 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
41.43 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
39.65 Low
Worries car stolen
29.27 Low
Worries things from car stolen
44.90 Moderate
Worries attacked
45.73 Moderate
Worries being insulted
46.77 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
28.23 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.52 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
52.45 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
35.37 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
30.77 Low

Safety in Cologne, Germany

Safety walking alone during daylight
73.83 High
Safety walking alone during night
51.13 Moderate

Contributors: 98

Last update: November 2020

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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5 Comments so far
Philipp on Nov 07, 2020:
I have to agree with the other comments that Cologne is pretty save. I've been wandering around a lot at night and always felt save. Pickpocketing can indeed be a problem in some areas like the historic center. Be cautious of male groups of at least 2 people trying to involve you in conversations (like asking for the right direction). Still happening rarely though. I never experienced any violence, even with rather suspect individuals.
I'm a guy however and can't tell what its like for women. But even as a member of the LGBTIQ-Community I never had issues. I know in sometimes, there can be insults, in extreme cases even physical agression. I know of some drag queens being insulted and attacked once. Still the LGBTIQ community is big and supportive and the city really open minded and fun.
Except for very few close minded individuals the city as a whole is really save, even in the outskirts. I usually never have worried feelings about going out at night. During day time the city is crowded and even safer.
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2019:
As a tourist, I can say that Köln is pretty save,(in my experience), at least in day time, I cant say anything about the night life. My whole group didnt experience any troubles or thefts or anything simular. It was a school trip, so there were a lot of us. But as always, be wary of pickpockets and simular stuff werever you go.
Gerhard on Apr 09, 2017:
I live in cologne for a long time and must say that our city generally is safe. Yet it is a major city and thus attracts lots of scum. As in all big cities you should watch out for pickpockets near tourist attractions, especially at the Cathedral and the railway station. Be cautious in the late evening at the party mile, the "Ring" (the street that encircles the center). There are people from northern africa that are specialized in the "dancing trick" where they invite you for a "dance" and rob you. Young folks with an south-east european background are sometimes overly aggressive ("Hey, you lookin' me??"), as well as young folks from the small towns around who invade the city at weekends to drink more than they should. Just walk around with open eyes and avoid contact.
The "old town" is safe at daylight and beautiful to see. Avoid eating there, the restaurants know that tourists rarely come back. In the late evening the area attracts lots of drunks.
Generally speaking there is just a minimal risk of being robbed, but after midnight in sparsely populated areas and parks near tourist attractions it is increased.

But do not be timid! Thousands of tourists a day do *not* get robbed and enjoy their visit. The people here are very open, communicative an helpful. Almost everyone can speak at least a bit of english, just ask anyone for an advice that looks trustworthy. Students know the best and cheapest places to have fun, usually just outside of the "Ring" in the student's quarter. Just go in one of the many pubs, chat with people and within one hour you have a dozend new friends.
Admin on Feb 03, 2017:
True Murphy, that's a problem with our methodology, which we should think how to solve.
Murphy_C on Feb 01, 2017:
How can you make a survey based only on FEELINGS and not even ask for victimization? A person who got robbed or mugged or beraved of their belongings recently will certainly have biased answers...