Safety in Czech Republic
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The Czech Republic is generally a safe country. Although organised crime and petty theft do exist, foreigners who exercise basic safety precautions will likely experience no problems.
The country has a stable government, there is a low risk of natural disasters, and road accident rates are relatively low.
Crime in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a low crime rate, although in recent years pickpocketing has been on the increase, especially in tourist hotspots or on crowded public transport. Pickpocketing rings can be very well organised and members may carry weapons or become violent – so if a confrontation does occur, it is best for expats to relinquish their possessions instead of resisting.
Car theft and car break-ins are common, especially in Prague. Avoid parking in poorly lit or isolated areas and never leave valuables visible within the car.
Scams in Czech Republic
ATM and money-changing scams are fairly common – always change money at a reputable bureau de change (not through somebody on the street) and do not let anyone assist when using an ATM. ATMs in busy areas like hotels, shopping malls or airports are preferable to those in out-of-the-way or isolated spots.
Emergency response in Czech Republic
There are a number of police and emergency bodies operating side by side in the Czech Republic. The foreign police (cizinecká policie) is the most useful for expats, although it's also possible to approach the local state police (policie České republiky) – if a police station does not have an interpreter, they will find one to help from a neighbouring district.
For extreme situations, expats should use the general EU emergency number (112) as call centre operators are multi-lingual and can help with fire, police or ambulance services. For minor emergencies, it is best to contact local numbers.
There are several English-speaking and 24-hour hospitals in Prague and elsewhere in the Czech Republic.
Useful emergency numbers:
EU general emergency: 112
Czech police: 158