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The Czech Republic is considered a safe country in general. Although organised crime and petty theft do exist, expats who exercise basic safety precautions aren't likely to fall victim.
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 opportunistic crimes such as pickpocketing can be an issue in high-risk areas like tourist hotspots or on crowded public transport. The best way to avoid becoming a target is to keep all valuables out of sight and to be vigilant in crowded areas.
Car theft and car break-ins occur occasionally, especially in Prague. Avoid parking in poorly lit or isolated areas, and never leave valuables visible in 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 someone on the street) and do not let anyone assist when using an ATM. ATMs in public areas such as hotels, shopping malls or airports are preferable to those in out-of-the-way or isolated spots.
Emergency services 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 emergency situations, expats should use the general EU emergency number (112) as call centre operators are multilingual and can assist in dispatching local fire-, police- or ambulance services to the location of the caller.
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