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Places to avoid and other concerns:
- Due to high transit flow of refugees through Belgrade, altercations between migrants can happen, cases of stabbing are known. If possible, try to stay away from any suspicious activity.
- Vehicle thefts is a problem, try to leave the car on a parking under surveillance at night.
- Avoid «Splav» (floating discos), they are regularly controlled by the Balkan Criminal organizations. In that kind of places, confrontation usually ends-up in violent assaults. SafeAround advises to refuse from visiting this kind of places.
- Visiting sports events particularly football, be especially cautious. Fans often refer to “hooligans”, and according to the official data, they’re widely connected to criminal groups and ultra-nationalist organizations. In the past few years, there have been cases of foreign fans being assaulted.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Belgrade is s a safe city. However, like in any other capital in the world, it’s worth to follow basic safety precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocketing is the main type of crime in Belgrade, especially in tourist areas and big transportation hubs.
MUGGING RISK :
Abductions have declined significantly in recent years; kidnapping of family members for failure to pay debts does occur, as does kidnapping by rival criminal organizations.
Mugging is rare but still exists.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Mexico City. Avoid people doing "magic tricks" around subway stations, asking you to sign (fake) petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
Overall, transportation in Serbia is safe. There are known reports on overcharging in taxi persons who are not familiar with the vicinity.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
Severe floodings possible. Belgrade stands in the seismically active area. (Level 2a)
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg. The threat of terrorist attacks exists, but relatively low. Be vigilant to possible threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Serbia is relatively safe for women travelers. The assaults are rare and almost doesn’t exist, though worth to be aware of your surrounding and use common sense.