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Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

There are some sketchy areas along the G├╝rtel at night, but not really in areas that expats would be in, anyway. There are also panhandlers and the like typical of a larger urban area, but really, nothing more is needed than what commonsense might dictate. - Nov 13, 2017
Home break-ins. Late-night muggings. Haven't heard/seen of pick-pockets. Plenty of drug dealers hanging out in certain locations - even where families go. There are many beggars sitting around (including on the subway/tram). - Jun 7, 2016
There are the typical tourist city pickpocketing problems and scams. The occasional protest blocks off some of the city and occasionally gets out of hand (but we've always been well informed about this ahead of time). Home break-ins are not uncommon, even in apartments, so be sure to lock all the bolts on your doors. Police presence in noticeably higher around the city (particularly in U-bahn stations) since the Charlie Hebdo shootings. - Mar 24, 2015
Very few. There is little violent crime in Vienna. There are some home break-ins and some pickpocketing, but compared to most of the world, this is a very, very safe place. - Jul 18, 2014
Aside from common sense measures, you should be all right. - Mar 19, 2014
This is about the safest city I have lived in but you still should use common sense precautions, as you would in any major city. In terms of home safety, there are increasing reports of break-ins and burglaries so be sure to close all windows and use your alarm systems. - Aug 23, 2013
The city is very safe, with the exception of a lot of pickpockets in the tourist areas. Anyone with average foreign service street smarts should be able to deal with this. I have heard of some home burglaries occurring, but only when the occupants weren't home. It's not something people really worry about a lot, in my experience. - May 12, 2013
Although crime is reportedly on the rise, there are still many stories of someone leaving their cellphone on a bus bench and coming back hours later to find it's still there. - Jan 16, 2013
not that I knew of. I felt very safe - Aug 6, 2011
None. - Aug 5, 2011
Few. Vienna is a very safe city. School-age children ride public transport (bus, tram, Metro) safely on a regular basis. - Aug 15, 2009
None. This is a very safe city. That being said, use common sense. - Aug 5, 2009
This is possibly the safest city I have been in in 6 yrs of foreign service travel. Of course you should always take the normal big-city precautions, but it's not likely they are really needed. I walked the city at all hours and NEVER felt threatened. I could never say that back home. - Jul 23, 2009
None. - May 21, 2008
Very few, although home break-ins are apparently on the rise. Otherwise,Vienna is unbelievably safe. Children as young as 8 or 9 ride public transportation to and from school without adult supervision. - Apr 4, 2008
No, Vienna is a safe place. - Jan 11, 2008