Crime in Cologne, Germany

Crime rates in Cologne, Germany

Level of crime
49.63 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
74.63 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
48.16 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
43.75 Moderate
Worries car stolen
37.12 Low
Worries things from car stolen
51.52 Moderate
Worries attacked
47.39 Moderate
Worries being insulted
47.76 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
33.58 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.72 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
58.33 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
39.39 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
36.54 Low

Safety in Cologne, Germany

Safety walking alone during daylight
67.28 High
Safety walking alone during night
51.84 Moderate

Contributors: 68

Last update: October 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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6 Comments so far

#Angela on Dec 08, 2017 :
Watch out for Islam! -- Beware: it is on the increase
#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...
#Steve on Dec 22, 2015 :
I was born and grew up in the Cologne Area from 1978 to 2000, then left for living abroad in several places, US, UK, Switzerland and now live here since 2015 for 6 months.

To the above comment I would like to point out that I also believe that police presence in this city, it being the fourth largest in the country, is astonishingly low and only just now, after the paris attacks, has it been stepped up. A bit.

I respect to other big german and european cities I have visited cologne poses no bigger threat to anyone but it is, certainly, one of the more agressive places you can visit. People here are not shy about sharing a bad day with you. If you catch my drift.
Always(!) look out for bikes and cars where they can be expected, even when you would have the right of way, because it can very well be that hey will not look out for you.

There are some things to keep in mind when going out on the town on the weekend:

When compared, cologne is a rather boring, limited city.

Alcohol consumption is thus, also traditionaly, very high, but a taste for excitement and drama, not had elsewhere can make a night on the town, sadly quite uncomfortable. As I have often experienced.

While with drunks in bavaria, for example, munich, the mood is almost always friendly, even if considerably cheeky, tempers here can flare quite extremely and brawls are not uncommon. It would seem to me that there is quite a high nummber of the low self esteem gorilla type present here. It is best here, to ignore the regular nightclubs and dicotheks, dress up, go to the more expensive nightclubs or just enjoy cultural venues that does not attract the gorilla type.

In General, espceially when going through the old town,
if people are dunker than you and wilder and would like to include you in their jokes, maybe obligue for a moment but then excuse yourself.
Just take no offense, dont push yourself through and usually, aside from maybe a comment or two, no real offense will be taken.
If you happen to want to make it a bigger deal (because honor, for people lacking brains, often counts a lot) you will find people here much less shy about pushing the ball back into your court and I have often seen manners drop here much quicker then in most other german cities, which you would feel would be more dangerous(like Berlin or Hamburg).

U Bahn stations in this city are ugly and have many, weird blind spots.

I feel Women should be wary about using them alone or groups of two, in the hours between 3,4 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As this is when most groups or individuals who where either refused entrance to clubs or are just to plain drunk are looking for trouble. There has been a rise in drug use and it would not be uncommon to see people cooking up. This is true for any city but since cologne is very compact you will very likely run into this kind of character.

Do not interest yourself in your sorroundings and their buisness here unless somone is in need of assistance.
#Malik on Nov 25, 2014 :
I visit Cologne for business since last four years, in March 2014 I had worse ever experience in my life, near one of the busy tourist place on a Sunday, a criminal attacked and snatched cash from me and vanished, when I rushed to nearest tourist information office, they said; it’s very common here, you may lodge report to Police, but it will not be fruitful. So finally I decided to reach nearest Police station, upon providing initial information about the happening, they kept thick box files in front of me having colored A4 side photos of criminals and asked me for recognition. It was worse experience in checking two hundred plus horrible photos to find criminal, but they said ok we lodged report and if we found your cash we will reply you via email.
Outcome: So worst system of crime detection, no CCTV footage, no special task forces to control criminals.
I sent three follow-up emails to Mayor of Cologne, not for my snatched cash, but for understanding, that how this city security is being driven, as in second street they have herd of police officials with decent dogs. But at day time in next street criminals are snatching from tourist.
I will Never go outside in Cologne, except official meeting and that's it.
So Ladies & Gentlemen, keep your eyes open in this city especially at tourist attraction areas, someone might pop in with joggers, snatches and vanishes in nearest (S Bahn) train tunnels.