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Is Hungary a Safe or Dangerous Country?Hungary is a safe country. However, the big amount of tourists (over 13m last year) attract thieves. The most common types of crimes are pocketing and bag-snatching, particularly on public transport and on a big transport and other popular places, which are often visited by tourists. Pickpocketing is also common in fast-food chains and in flea markets. There are known thefts in trains, especially in the overnight trains to Prague or any other European capitals. When travelling in the compartment, secure it from inside. Don’t accept any drinks or food from strangers as there are known drink and food spiking. Thefts from unattended vehicles are also frequent, thus if you want to rent a car, think of parking your vehicle only at a secure place. The most unsafe parking spots in Budapest are in 5th, 6th, 8th districts. Parked your car we recommend don’t leave any valuables in plain sight on a back or front seats in the car. As for a violent crime, it is rare. The murder rate is spread throughout Hungary. It is lower in the northeast county of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and the westernmost counties while it is highest in Pest County and Budapest. According to the National Police, the criminal underworld is stronger in Budapest and nearest counties. Another issue in Hungary is a relatively high rate of corruption. Bribery common in a healthcare system and in the political party system. Generally, tourists are not likely to enforce this dark part of the Hungary. Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg. Thus the threat of terrorist attacks is high in Hungary, especially because of the influx of tourists. Be vigilant to possible threats and suspicious activity all the time. Hungary is a home for many scammers. The most common scam scheme in Budapest is when two attractive women approach to you in the street and propose to drink out in the nearest bar. Usually, this new friendship ends with a bill of up to hundreds of dollars and a frightening bartender or two. Most of such kind of places are located in Budapest in the 5th district and near the Váci utca. Drink spiking is known in the strip bars. SafeAround advises to keep an eye on your drinks and does not visit these places alone. ATM frauds are on the peak. Exercise caution while withdrawing money from the ATM. Keep your credit card in sight and monitor your transaction statements regularly.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Hungary is a very safe country. It is ranked 21st out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpocketing and bag snatching are the main crimes in Hungary, especially in tourist areas in the capital and big transportation hubs.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There is no kidnapping risk. Mugging is rare but still, exists.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
The most common scams are ripping off in the bars and drink spiking in the strip clubs.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Overall, transportation in Hungary is safe. There are known that some taxi drivers receive a commission to advise certain bars or restaurants to the tourists. There are known reports on overcharging in taxi persons who are not familiar with the vicinity.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Severe floorings possible in the northeast region of Hungary. Snowstorms occur in winter.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg. The treat of terrorist attacks exist, but relatively low. Be vigilant to possible threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Hungary is very safe for women travellers. The assaults are rare and almost doesn’t exist.