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Is Brussels a Safe or Dangerous city?Brussels is a safe city for tourists. The main risk is petty crime and pickpocketing in the subway or at the train stations (Bruxelles Midi, Bruxelles North and Bruxelles Central station). The following neighborhoods, as can be seen on the map, are best avoided for tourists especially during the night : Anneessens, Anderlecht, Chaarbeek, Brussels North, St-Josse, Marollen and Molenbeek. Tourists face the usual pickpocket-ting problems at airports, train stations and crowded streets around the central square and the Mannekenpis. Some scammers also operate in Brussell, trying to distract you by asking you some questions or making you sign some paper while some accomplice steals your belongings. Outside of clubs, intoxicated people may want to start fights with each other. Never leave any valuable in your car, especially if you have a foreign licence plate.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Brussels is an overall safe city. It is highly ranked 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 : LOW
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.