Crime in Riga, Latvia

Crime rates in Riga, Latvia

Level of crime
38.72 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
48.18 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
35.75 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
33.19 Low
Worries car stolen
31.66 Low
Worries things from car stolen
46.91 Moderate
Worries attacked
38.81 Low
Worries being insulted
33.56 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
23.34 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
40.75 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
46.69 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
25.45 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
66.96 High

Safety in Riga, Latvia

Safety walking alone during daylight
81.56 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
54.65 Moderate

Contributors: 268

Last update: August 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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10 Comments so far
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.
Janis on Feb 28, 2018:
@Gregory. Im Latvian. I live near Riga and ive been there alot. Riga is definitely a safe city if you know what you are doing. I would suggest to avoid these 2 areas - Centraltirgus and Kengarags. Always watch your bags and stuff because pickpockets are common there especially in Centraltirgus.

However i wouldnt suggest visiting Riga. Even though it is safe, i always get kinda strange atmosphere there and theres nothing really special about architecture either. Id rather visit Ventspils or other cities in west.
andris on Feb 27, 2018:
I am local from Riga. It's very safe here comparing to most European cities. I have lived in London for some time and i can say it's a lot more dangerous,especially in the night time.
Gregory on Feb 15, 2018:
Tom, are you referring to some specific part of the Riga? Im thinking to move for 3 months there.
tom on Feb 13, 2018:
Riga must be avoided at all costs. I left Rock Cafe in Riga Old Town at 2am to go back to the apartment on Saturday night and work up in the hospital with my face black and blue. I also had my phone and wallet robbed. I'm from London where walking around is safe, not in Riga. It's a very dangerous place unless you're only planning on going out during the day.