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Crime in Warsaw, Poland

Crime rates in Warsaw, Poland

Level of crime
28.42 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
37.56 Low
Worries home broken and things stolen
30.70 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
31.69 Low
Worries car stolen
31.54 Low
Worries things from car stolen
37.56 Low
Worries attacked
33.29 Low
Worries being insulted
33.57 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
33.92 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
29.13 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
49.53 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
22.55 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
48.29 Moderate

Safety in Warsaw, Poland

Safety walking alone during daylight
82.84 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
61.14 High

Contributors: 222

Last update: December 2017

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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24 Comments so far

#Robert on Nov 27, 2017 :
Re: Awesome!
Can you read OK? -I don't think so! Please learn...
2 weeks??? -It's nothing! No holidays, try to LIVE in Warsaw (or rest of Poland) for a while!
Of course, if you come from the West with money earned overthere, the life is cheap. But this is FINANCIAL discussion. With this you should go to "Cost of Living" section.
Here, we talk about crime rate, general safety and corruption.
And this has always been, IS and will be a big problem in Poland, let alone Warsaw!
Kind of "westernized" part of Russia, with EU -camouflage, but with mafias and thieves almost everywhere!
#Awesome! on Nov 20, 2017 :
You guys are crazy, I`ll definitely give you that! For those of you who still posses a pair of balls, the city is amazing to f_ck, drink, eat cheap! People gave me weird looks but no one had the guts to tell me jack shit! We were 2 in the city for 2 weeks and all of those ladyboy tracksuit "thugs" did not screech or blink close to us! If you come from the West, you can live as kings there! They might be THOSE type of retards that attack 1 or 2 5ft Arabs or Turks. Heard that, yes. But otherwise they are all pussycats! Go have fun and a good laugh!
#Robert on Nov 11, 2017 :
MOST (IF NOT ALL) OF YOU GUYS KNOW SHIT ABOUT WARSAW AND ARE TALKING RUBBISH!!!
I was born in Poland. At age of 28 emigrated to New Zealand and now I've been citizen of this country for over 11 years. Of course, I travelled from NZ since 2006: Australia, Germany, Czechia, POLAND.
I am half-Polish, half-German, by the way.
WHY DID I EMIGRATE? Well, for starters some of the reasons were (and are): HIGH CRIME (yes, you are reading right!). I was assaulted (physically) and/or insulted (verbally) many times in my life by so "nice, kind and polite" people in Warsaw, Poland -just for look or glance at them while walking past.
I was also ROBBED few times in a daylights for money (I didn't have much of them but I lost my ID documents. Due to bad bureaucracy and corruption -not easy to make them again).
Another reason is HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT for highly skilled and qualified staff.
RACISM? -This word is not enough to describe polish xenophobia!!! MOST OF THEM HATE AND READY TO INSULT ANYONE WHO IS EVEN WHITE BUT HAS DIFFERENT ETHNICITY!!! (Did I mention, I'm half-German? Also observation, how they treat others, different then themselves).
AND IF YOU ARE NOT A CATHOLIC, SITUATION MAY BE THE SAME.
Government (and not only) CORRUPTION can be added.
Last time I visited Warsaw between 2012 and 2014. NOTHING MUCH CHANGED (apart from few more skyscrapers, more commercialism, more aggressive advertisements, etc.).
You need to LIVE there for a while (and not few months) to get to know how "SAFE" Warsaw is!
One more thing: I read statistics. NUMBEO from time to time as well. And I must say, I am shocked how inaccurate and unreliable it is!!!
WARSAW SAFER THAN AUCKLAND??????? THEY MUST BE JOKING OR MAKE DUMB MISTAKES WITH NUMBERS!
WARSAW: Level of crime 26.58 Low
Crime Index 31.48
Safety Index 68.52
AUCKLAND: Level of crime 48.78 Moderate
Crime Index 46.37
Safety Index 53.63
THAT'S RIDICULOUS!!!
Please, come to Auckland, New Zealand and you'll see for yourselves the difference straight away!
Think twice before you call Warsaw the best city with low crime in the world!
#Zico on Nov 02, 2017 :
If You are white, greatest place to live in entire world - You can sleep in summer at street. No robbery etc.
If you are fag, black, muslim - go away. Poles don't like you and probably kill you at night, and your body will be found buried or sunk in river. Lots of nationalist seeking muslims, blacks, and kills them. White people are care and protected by police, mafia, gangs.
#Mike on Sep 08, 2017 :
The eu model should necer have been enlarged from its original 7 state membership full stop !!! I am irish and i know a lot if irish people feel the same way our government tell o you cant say this and you cant say that because you might offend some bunch of Nigerian NIGGERS. or some bunch of Muslim terrorists. The irish government know FULL WELL. That Ireland is flooded with senior Muslim terrorists but they are so scared of them that they wont say a word to them and the muslims know it !!!!! Now take the Nigerian NIGGers they arrive in Dublin airport 8 months pregnant they drop the little monkey and ireland is FUCKED. like it or not ireland got a new CHIMP and this one you cant put in a cage ! It should be .and guess what the irish tax payer will cloth it feed it put it in a good house that IRISH PEOPLE. Should have and support that chimp for the rest of its fucking life all because the irish government dosent have the balls to round those niggers up and send they social welfare spongers back to what ever fucking dump they came from in the first place ! They have large traces of west dublin turned into nigger ghettos if u dont belive me tske a trip to blanchardstown go to ongor all niggers take a look at the busses leaving the city heading to west dublin all niggers. Take a look at dublin bus almost all of there drivers are niggers taking our jobs ! Take a look at the taxi ranks around town 70 pc niggers while we as a people sit silenty bye and let our country go down the shitter ! I canot condem anyone who would take matters into there own hands since the government hasent go the balls to do what need to be done ! Privite rented landlords IRISH LANDLORDS. renting to tHis scum should pay a heavy price for such activity in order to show them it will not b a good idea to rent to muslim or nigger familys in ireland . i know in other countrys landlords have found there investment homes in ashes then the next greedy bastard will think twice before he destroyed you estate or our country
#Polishguy on Jul 28, 2017 :
Warsaw is generally pretty safe and if you are not reckless then you should be ok even when walking alone at night.

However, I have to say it without beating around the bush. Lots of Poles ARE racist, especially now because of terrorist attacks in the Western Europe. If you are black or a muslim then you are much more likely to be insulted or even experience violent crime.
#Delete all these comments, it is getting retarded! on Jul 23, 2017 :
A normal dude here with a Polish gf. Lived in Poland for about 6-7 months.

Guys, please, chill the fuck out... The city is safe and fine! Period! You just need to have common sense as in every other major city! I mean it and I swear - nothing bad will happen to you!

As for the skirmish down bellow; for goodness' sake Czarek, what in God's name did you want to achieve by bashing that one guy's comment, in the most retarded manner ever? What about the other comments, above that one? Couldn't you just refute all his "claims" in a civilized/disciplined manner? Don't the Poles have a shit enough image in Europe, that is basically getting worse by th day? Brilliant approach, bro. 10/10!

I can guarantee you by any standards that Warsaw is pleasant city. I can also guarantee you that you will find there, like in any other place around the world: dumb people, drunk people, thieves, corrupt authorities, and the list can go on!

Now, for my 2 cents. Firstly, it is true you will need to know around 10-15 basic words and expressions. You do not need to learn the whole fucking language, even the Poles hate it! Just learn the basic hello, thanks, where to, how, et cetera. Secondly, just go easy on them. Cut them some slack, its normal to be so defensive on that patch of land that they have left.

All in all, it is a wonderful city and country and - to be honest - if you feel any kind of animosity towards them out of any reason and you cannot make yourself feel differently, do not go. It is just damn logical that no change will occur and this is who they are for you!
#Czarek on Jul 18, 2017 :
>The house that I was renting got broken into during Christmas. They practically obliterated the door and everything inside! Being back in Canada at the time you cannot imagine the ordeal I had to go through, just because they DO NOT SPEAK ANY ENGLISH. And I am talking about everybody from the cops to simple ordinary people on the street. I had to rely on a cowarker who was kind enough to translate everything. Everytime they hear you speak english, in the bus, on the street, in a shop I get the weirdest looks. And I am a normal white guy!

"cowarker", "everytime", "shop", not capitalizing English, starting a sentence with "And". You are not white. You are a shitskin immigrant, obviously you're not Canadian. Are you a Paki? Chink? Muslim? Fillipino?

>The cops are incompetent! Avoid them at any cost! After "searching for evidence" in my flat they said IT IS NORMAL, 2 OTHER HOUSES GOT ROBBED, I DONT THINK WE CAN DO MUCH, and left. I thought it was a bad joke!
Last summer I was driving my car just outside the city center and I got stopped. They "invited" me in their car and a young officer kept asking me in "english", WHAT DO WE DO, HOW DO WE DO. It was the weirdest thing ever and I simply got out of the car, and they left!

He was just warning you not to cause trouble. As above, you're a shitskin foreigner. I'm guessing some Paki from Canada. You also likely have a low IQ, as almost all Poles speak some English. Perhaps the cop thought you were a creep/pedophile tourist, thinking Poland is Ukraine or Romania. You are very lucky they didn't beat the fuck out of you. I would have.

>It is extremely hard to live normally if you have to stay more than 6 months. Theft and robbery appear to be ordinary things. English is almost non-existent. People have an extermely arrogant attitude towards you if they hear you speak english and become very rude.

Again, you cannot write in basic English; most poles can actually. Robbery is rare in Poland. Your general attitude is one of entitlement based that you are a "Canadian" (you are not, you are a shitskin from Pakistan or some other 3rd world). If you were an educated foreigner, you'd have learned basic Polish to show some respect. Instead, you revert to your accented English or shitskin languages, which quite frankly does piss off most Poles, including me.

>I never had any of those problems in Athens, Bucharest or Tallinn, cities in which I worked for the same ammount of time in the past.

"ammount". Bucharest. Why would you have worked in Bucharest? Romanians die daily starving. Let me guess, you're a shitskin "IT consultant" from some 3rd world shithole taking White European Canadian jobs? You are a parasite. Go back to where you came from.

In addition, all of your shitposting sounds rather racist because no Polish woman would fuck you for money or if she could not defend herself by beating the fuck out of you when you tried to rape her.

Did you get deported? Did you flee charges in Poland?

Inquiring minds want to know.
#Gerard on Jul 02, 2017 :
The continuous mass immigration of Poles to the west left them with a bitter taste once the Europeans had enough. Basically, what I felt, is that they have some sort of complex once they hear you speak anything else than Polish or Russian. It is true that they get overly dramatic, defensive, arrogant and sometimes aggressive. And lets be honest Poland, every nations has its many tales of bravery and valor. As a foreigner I might wanna hear something else than the story of the Warsaw Uprising over and over again. With all due respect, it is borderline ridiculous!

In the city you will mostly feel safe. Albeit, a dull place, with people which leave a lot to be desired, still totally brain washed by religion in Europe, the 21st century.

Worth a visit only if you wanna experience how most of the Western society used to think 50-60 years ago. The women are great and will favor a foreigner over a local anytime. Only thing I would go back to again.
#Emir on Jun 26, 2017 :
Poland is very bad for foreigners of middle eastern/african descent. Kidnappings, beatings and stabbings happen often. I had a friend from Syria who got beat up by football hooligans in Lodz, and such cases also happen in Warsaw but more so outside of Warsaw. This country is hell. I constantly heard fireworks outside of my house.

Also, the people there drive very fast, but they are probably in gangs/mafia. Lots of gangs operate throughout the country and they have no mercy.

My only regret is going to Poland. I grew up in the UK, and I feel much safer there.
#Dubois101 on May 14, 2017 :
I felt the safest in the west side of the river. I have not encountered any issues that threatened my security. However, right beside where I was waiting for a bus at around 3-4 in the afternoon, a group of about 7 men some of which drunk, started throwing really big fireworks at people on the street and screaming (women, children, men). Scenes in which drunk people are aggressive are very common in the evening. For those who know Dublin, drunk people in Warsaw are a much more aggressive and a less fun version of them.
I want to confirm some of the points made in this section, most of the population I met did not speak any English and insisted in speaking Polish with me even after I explained I do not understand. It gave me a very high level of uncertainty everywhere I went and unnecessary stress. Their reaction made me feel guilty I was foreign. I believe that traveling is the process of learning about a culture through people, not only looking at some buildings, paintings or listening to songs.
With this being I do not recommend Warsaw if you do not speak Russian or Polish.
#Attention! on Feb 26, 2017 :
As a foreigner who lives Warsaw and is married to a Polish woman I would like to stress something out! I am reading here that most people come rather disappointed on the polish people.
There is a big difference between the people in Warsaw, and the people living in the rest of Poland. I like to call it the "capital syndrome". There is a high probability to find ill mannered, badly educated people with an attitude in Warsaw. Most of them come from poor-very poor backgrounds and consider living in the capital an achievement.
The Polish people, by definition, are not latin or american to be warm and polite by nature, to say so.
Have a bit more patience with poles, especially those in Warsaw (or try to avoid them as much as possible).
Finally, although this is not an excuse by any means, try not to take their rudeness seriously as they have a history of harshness, and they intuitively try to be defensive. It is more like a national trait, something they do automatically.
Thank you and have fun in Poland! Frank
#Francesco Casati on Jan 28, 2017 :
Lived in the city for about 3 months until I had enough and moved to Berlin. I hate to generalize, but most of the people were the worst I ever met.

Please Poland, be more open minded!!!
#S. Clive on Jan 16, 2017 :
PRO: The city is extremely clean (compared to others that I managed to visit). Not that much to see, I reckon that one full day is more than enough to see practically everything that there is to be seen. Everything is DIRT CHEAP, even if you are on a budget, and thats awesome! The girls are awesome and easy to talk and get to know them.

CONS: A strong soviet attitude and mentality. Most people will not be that friendly. I've been faced with situations in which the person in front of me got extremely furious when they heard that I do not speak Polish. Heed my words and find somewhere to stay in advance, plan in advance where you want to go and try to not rely on others at all!

5/10 everything.
#Keith on Jan 09, 2017 :
The house that I was renting got broken into during Christmas. They practically obliterated the door and everything inside! Being back in Canada at the time you cannot imagine the ordeal I had to go through, just because they DO NOT SPEAK ANY ENGLISH. And I am talking about everybody from the cops to simple ordinary people on the street. I had to rely on a cowarker who was kind enough to translate everything. Everytime they hear you speak english, in the bus, on the street, in a shop I get the weirdest looks. And I am a normal white guy!

The cops are incompetent! Avoid them at any cost! After "searching for evidence" in my flat they said IT IS NORMAL, 2 OTHER HOUSES GOT ROBBED, I DONT THINK WE CAN DO MUCH, and left. I thought it was a bad joke!
Last summer I was driving my car just outside the city center and I got stopped. They "invited" me in their car and a young officer kept asking me in "english", WHAT DO WE DO, HOW DO WE DO. It was the weirdest thing ever and I simply got out of the car, and they left!

It is extremely hard to live normally if you have to stay more than 6 months. Theft and robbery appear to be ordinary things. English is almost non-existent. People have an extermely arrogant attitude towards you if they hear you speak english and become very rude.

I never had any of those problems in Athens, Bucharest or Tallinn, cities in which I worked for the same ammount of time in the past.
#Rafael on Sep 12, 2016 :
Each christmas/new year in Paris there are hundreds of cars being set into fire. In Warsaw each year is ZERO such incidents. That tells all. Safest place in EU imho. And seems like more and more foreigners from western europe are relocating to Poland, barely can find a bar without foreigners inside.
# - 34 years on Jul 29, 2016 :
Been here for 2 years. One of the safest cities I ever visited. And honestly I`ve been in several during my life.
Just one thing.
The river splits warsaw in half also at mentality level. East is tad worse than the West side which is extremely civil and safe. But to even find trouble in the east I think you really want have to search for it, drunk in the middle of the night.
Only "bad" thing that ever happened to me was close to a metro station once (I am not going to give its name). I was pretty drunk and around 11pm, a bunch of guys seemed quite aggressive towards me on me, speaking in polish. I just replied in English and they apologised and left.
#Jarek on Feb 05, 2016 :
I live in Warsaw for 26 years. Not the best district (Gocław - Praga). No security problem at all. I have never been attacked or whatever. You must be drunk like hell and really search problems to find them.
#Anita - 30 years in Warsaw on Jul 14, 2015 :
I live in Warsaw for quite a while... It is a VERY safe city. I was also travelling to different countries and I could see the difference - and it is hudge. In Warsaw I was never attacked by anyone even though I usually jogg at nights. I often go for walks after dark and during past 20 years no one even tried to talk to me in unfriendly way, not mentioning attacking or robbing.
Warsaw is the safest city ever.
#Jenna on Jun 20, 2015 :
Ive been to Warsaw numerous times as a child. I went back after many years to visit family and I was terrified to walk the streets at night. I would also like to add that it was all in my head and I was scared for nothing. This has to be the safest city I have ever visited. There is crime of course but its usually a fight relating to soccer lol. It is safe to walk at night and people are more worried about being attacked by wild bores than anything else. I usually went out in the dark because in winter it gets dark at 3 pm (most depressing experience). Don't worry about riding the bus or train either beacuse there is usually others riding at 2 am. Just be smart and best to have a friend to be with for extra precaution.
#Manuel S on Apr 01, 2015 :
I have been in Warsaw and it is definitely a lovely place. Safe and nice people. If Winter wasn´t that cold, it would be the perfect place to live.
#person with experience on Apr 15, 2014 :
I'm going to use this scenario as a example. WOuld you be okay with your teenage child riding the bus system alone and walking the streets alone for the better part of the day? cause in poland, where I have lived in for the better part of three years, there was one major assault on the half of the city where I lived. one. If I lived in New york, paris, london, or really any other major city there is now way I would allow my child to wander like that. However, in poland, I can give them some pocket money, a bus ticket and send them out the door without fear of them coming home hurt, or not coming home at all.
#PB on Apr 05, 2014 :
I live in New York and Warsaw has to be one of the safest places I have ever been to, police are everywhere and you feel incredibly safe at night here.....comments to the contrary should be discounted in my opinion.....
#joel on Apr 01, 2014 :
I live in Warsaw for 5 years (as a foreigner) and I can walk through the city safely at any time of day and night. I feel safer in Warsaw then in my home city - Paris