Prague ranked Europe’s safest city for travellers

Monday, February 13, 2023


Prague is the world’s third-safest city for travellers, according to a study by a U.K. insurance firm.

Impressively, it is ranked as the safest city in the whole of Europe for holidaymakers.

The list assessed the safety of various cities by taking into account their perceived crime rates found on a crowdsourced database.

Prague was given a “safety index score” of 75.43 out of 100, due to its relative low levels of crime and “well-trained police force.”

On the survey, the chances of “being mugged or robbed,” “subject to a physical attack,” or having one’s home broken into are adjudged to all be “very low.”

Out of 156 minor and major cities across all of Europe, Prague is within the top 20 cities with the least amount of crime.

Since 1994, Prague’s crime rate has declined from 2 (per 100,000 population) to 0.72 in 2020.

Notably, “corruption and bribery” was the category with the highest score on a crime index.

Visitors must remain alert

Although Prague is technically the least-safe city in the whole of Czechia – and actually saw an increase in its crime rate in 2022 – it still remains extremely safe relative to other European neighbors.

Tourists should be wary of pickpockets, though.

Indeed, a recent study found that Prague was ranked as the fourth-worst city in the whole of Europe for pickpocketing. Charles Bridge and Old Town Square were the most-common places where such crimes occurred.

With tourism in the country on the up and almost at pre-pandemic levels, more and more people are enjoying Prague’s safety.

A separate study found that Tallinn in Estonia, Vilnius in Lithuania, and Milan in Italy were among the top 10 most dangerous European cities (by crime rate).

Although ranked as one of the world’s safest cities, visitors should always keep an eye out for any danger, coming, for example, in the form of pickpocketing or scams.

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