11 May 2021 by Olga Brighton
Breathtaking landscapes, incredible period architecture, unspoiled beaches, and mouth-watering cuisine – these are the things that you will experience when you go to Portugal. It’s no wonder that this country has been the favourite of tourists around the world.
But wherever you travel, its foolhardy not think about your safety while experiencing all these wonderful things - and this includes Portugal. Your safety (and that of your family and travel companions) should always come first, especially when you’re away from home.
Thankfully, the FCDO advise that the crime rate in Portugal is low compared to other European countries. But petty crimes such as pickpocketing, theft from cars and handbag snatchings are not uncommon, especially in large cities and tourist areas. You should be alert at all times whenever you are visiting popular crowded places. Dont carry all your valuables (in fact its wise to leave valuabless at home rather than take them on your holiday). Keep your personal items such as cameras, cell phones, and handbags close to you.
When using public transport in Lisbon, especially the very popular 16 and 28 trams, be especially vigilant. These trams are often crowded and the possibility of being a victim of pickpockets and handbag snatchers is higher. Don't carry all your valuables and cash in one place. Put some aside, or split it amoung your travel companions, so you avoid the risk of everything being taken if you are unlucky enough to be a victim of pickpocketing.
If you are using a rented car for touring, never leave anything inside the car. It will attract the eagle eyes of criminals as hire cars are an easy to spot target.
If you are a victim of a petty thief, report the incident immediately to the local police and get a police report within 24 hours. You'll need this report for insurance purposes. It's always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the location of the local police nearest to your accommodation or hotel just in case you need them.
In the main Portugal is reputed to be a safe and friendly place for tourists. See more at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/safety-and-security. By being alert and safety conscious, you will definately enjoy the very best Portugal has to offer. Its always wise however to ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance in place in case you are a victim of crime, or other eventualities like illlness and accidents.
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