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Is Belgium A Safe or Dangerous Country?Belgium is a safe country. Crimes rates are very low, similar to those of the United Kingdom, but the police force is very efficient. It is ranked 45th on the ranking of world's safest countries. The most recent risk is terrorism: since 2015, Belgium has been the target of a number of terrorist attacks from ISIS (at Brussels' Jewish museum, attempts of attacks on the Thalys Train and dreadful attacks in the subway and at the airport). Police operations in Belgium are ongoing, and security has been greatly increased in public spaces. Some events may be canceled on short notice in case of serious threats. This risk has been taken into account in the safety rating of both Belgium and Brussels, although the majority of tourists will never be bothered while travelling in Belgium.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Belgium is an overall safe country. It is ranked 39th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Belgium and especially Brussels (train stations and subway). A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Belgium is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged - areas of Brussels are best avoided Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Belgium. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
There might be some risk while taking public transport in Belgium, with pickpockets or bag snatchers in the Eurostar / Thalys.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There are no natural hazards in Belgium.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
There is a high terrorist threat going on in the country; it is best to avoid very crowded areas and public demonstrations.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Belgium is generally very safe for women travelers.