Crime in Riga, Latvia

Crime rates in Riga, Latvia

Level of crime
38.24 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
47.43 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
35.41 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
32.85 Low
Worries car stolen
30.86 Low
Worries things from car stolen
46.49 Moderate
Worries attacked
38.14 Low
Worries being insulted
33.84 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
22.80 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
41.24 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
47.29 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
25.31 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
67.97 High

Safety in Riga, Latvia

Safety walking alone during daylight
82.09 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
55.02 Moderate

Contributors: 308

Last update: July 2022

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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11 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2022:
Riga is very safe in comparison to other European cities. I have walked alone day and night in the center and also outskirts haven’t enountered any dangerous situations whereas in London, Paris, Rome and other cities were quite dangerous not even talking about the USA, especially DC.
Leo10-6EMafia on Oct 18, 2021:
boring city where nothing happens. Tallinn is more criminal.
more than 60% of the population are russians
Hannah on Oct 15, 2021:
Riga is a very safe city! Have walked around not only in the city center, but also have visited the outskirts! Super safe in day and at night! Only thing avoid local Russians! Latvians are very reserved, but not that aggressive.
Jones on Feb 18, 2021:
This city is worth to travel to and is much safer then Liepaja, the only city I recommend going to in Latvia.
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2020:
Nowhere on this planet is 100℅ safe.I travelled to big west EU cities Milan Paris Frankfurt and in my opinion less safe espclly had a bad experience in Italy . Riga is beatful .all u need is be cautious .if u are out at night try avoid dark places or standing people and sometimes those drunk guys...otherwise nothing to worry
NamOcym on Feb 20, 2020:
My nephew, Dmitriy Olegovich Volev (009.11.1993-27.09.2020, Odessa, Ukraine) has gone to work in "LIDO" restaurant (Riga, Latvia) under the contract as a Sushi Chef and has been compelled to run urgently the nearest accessible flight (21.09.2019) in Moscow where has been overtaken and has been killed а people connected with LIDO Empire
Pavel on Jan 11, 2020:
Local here with some travel experience. I would say Riga is not that dangerous at all, especially its city center. And it's relatively safe to walk around at night here.
Don't believe biased comments people leave, just travel and see everything with your own eyes.
Kristians on Dec 04, 2019:
Some foreigners say Riga is a dangerous place and must be avoided, that's completely false, they just were the unlucky ones for being a victim for a pocket theft, assault or maybe abuse. And they might say Riga must be avoided, as a Riga citizen myself I'm saying there is little to worry about. I've been at Central Riga countless of times, and the only thing I've ever was worried about was gypsies because they are scammers, and pretty shitty ones even, but even those are very rare and have encountered them only like 3 times, and the best thing to do is just to ignore them. Sure, evenings or night time in Riga might be unsafe, but at these times its mostly to encounter teens playing loud music, and possibly even be drunk.
Peters on Nov 05, 2019:
But even with the random acts of violence, they are rare, unless you go looking for it. Riga is a very safe city compared to most European cities and is a great city to raise a family or just to fall in love. Lots of culture and events to see or be involved.
Peters on Nov 05, 2019:
I've lived in Riga 6 years and have been coming here since 2000 and the only problem I have is random acts of violence by local Russians.
This Saturday walking home from a party, crossing Tallin iela and Avotu, I was sucker punched when THEY asked me for a cigarette.. (All the aggression I've seen over the years comes from the local russian population, arrogant, judgmental, aggressive and generally pissed off.) My advice is don't walk home alone when intoxicated or please take a cab. Unless you are in a crowded area, Don't smile or try to be friendly or even stop to help someone.
This is my personal experience and others I know who who experience similar situations.
Stg44 on Aug 29, 2019:
As a tourist i have to admit that Riga can be shady sometimes. Espacially Centraltirgus, the central market near the trainstation should be avoided outside the regular opening hours of the grocery and souvenier stands. Many HOMELESS PEOPLE on alcohol. Seems like Centraltirgus is a sucking magnet for the scum of Riga. As always, dont stare at them, I have been shouted at several time... As long as you are there with a local, like me, nothing happens.