Crime in Warsaw, Poland

Crime rates in Warsaw, Poland

Level of crime
19.99 Very Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
34.27 Low
Worries home broken and things stolen
21.84 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
22.19 Low
Worries car stolen
22.56 Low
Worries things from car stolen
27.96 Low
Worries attacked
25.23 Low
Worries being insulted
27.76 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
27.99 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
23.65 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
40.55 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
14.91 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
41.85 Moderate

Safety in Warsaw, Poland

Safety walking alone during daylight
88.81 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
67.18 High

Contributors: 431

Last update: December 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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18 Comments so far
Frederick on Aug 31, 2020:
Very safe city Even Praga is mostly safe today Love Warsaw Everyone should visit in my opinion
Edwar Makhoul on May 22, 2020:
I would like to say that Warsaw is usually SAFE but avoid dark places and avoid walking alone at Night

Avoid Praga District; avoid homeless people; avoid Drunk and Narcotic People

Better to avoid Night Buses and Night Metro as Violence could happen and attacks

Mugging happens in Warsaw during the Night at the Bus Stations in Centrum 01 near Marszalkowska and Nowogrodska streets

Usually better to avoid criminals in Warsaw when they ask you for money, Cigarettes and other stuff

Avoid Football Stadiums and the Hooligans

Avoid Night Clubs and go home in a Group at Night and call Uber and Taxi
Dyd on Jan 05, 2020:
a lot of weird comments here. I grew up in Berlin, lived in Warsaw for close to 20 years and currently stay in London, traveling every month back to the Polish capital. The city is one of the safest capital cities in Europe. Period. Look at crime reports and compare what is happening right now in the West. The worst that can happen to you in Warsaw is you get punched in the face and robbed - IF you walk in the middle of the night, alone through some dodgy streets. In London or Paris you can get killed at daylight in the city center. Yes, Polish tend to be less tolerant towards LGBT, Muslims and also quite rude (for British standards) but thats simply cultural differences explained in some comments below.
Mike on Dec 22, 2019:
probably the safest city in Europe by now
reading some comments below about how unsafe Warsaw is make me laugh
I live here since 21 years and never had any kind of dangerous situation
but yes Poles are homophobes and don't like foreigners that come to make trouble
anyway in Warsaw I feel safe anywhere anytime
Anonymous on Nov 21, 2019:
It's indeed not a very safe city if you're LGBT, just as the rest of Poland. This country is very homophobic. I don't like it, so I'll never visit it. Conservative countries like this one are the worst in this world.
Liam on Oct 10, 2019:
im a small 19 year old guy and i can walk around warsaw at night alone i do it everynight i go through the "roughest" areas and never had any problems.. as long if you dont stare at people you wont have problems just mind your own buisness ;)
Larissa Laureth on Jul 23, 2019:
Wow, I'm really surprised by some negative reviews below. I wonder if that's black PR? I travelled whole Europe, and generally i feel Poland much safer than some other big cities like for example Berlin. In Berlin you can see many drug addicts and syringes laying around in the parks, you won't find that in Poland. Of course some petty theft can happen anywhere but in general eastern Europe is very civilized, and people are helpful. If you feel in danger - just shout, i guarantee some big muscles Polish guys will run to help you and kick asses of anyone bothering you :)
e.girl on Feb 16, 2018:
Yes, it is not that safe in Warsaw. Some of my colleagues have been mugged in city centre, I also heard about more serious assaults. In Warsaw there are many problematic neighborhoods to where better not to go even during daylight. Men insult women in summer dresses, behave unrespectfully.
Moreover in Warsaw they do not like foreigners, I mean at all, even tourists and even in tourist sites. They will try to trick you in the restaurants, will be rude to you. A foreign girl was raped at a metal concert by a polish group.
Yellow on Feb 16, 2018:
Me and my friend got robbed in broad daylight by a gang in the center of the city of Warsaw! It's not as safe as people say. Wont come back.
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!
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.
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.