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

Home and car break-ins. - Oct 3, 2017
There are protests almost every day. As long as you avoid them, you should be fine. Pickpocketing is an issue in tourist areas. - Jan 15, 2017
Athens is a large cosmopolitan city that is very safe. Just be aware of your surroundings and your valuables. Common theft occurs in the Plaka shopping area. I have never had an issue with this. Only carry money that you plan to spend that day, and don't carry your whole wallet with a bunch of credit cards. There are a few neighborhoods to avoid at night (e.g. Exarchia). - Dec 20, 2016
There were daily protests while we were there - all downtown and sometimes at the Embassy. I never felt unsafe, even when we ventured near the protest area. That said, the Embassy issues warnings and restrictions for a reason, so be careful! - Sep 7, 2013
Greece used to be the safest country in the world. However, in the last 10-12 years, robberies, murders and thefts, especially home break-ins, have surged. Certain areas near the center of Athens at night can be quite dangerous. - Jul 14, 2012
I did not feel concerned with security. As an American, there are always concerns, but Greece seemed pretty safe. - Jun 30, 2010
Not really, I feel safe here. There is petty crime, but murders are rare. Use common sense. - Jan 6, 2009
Yes, there are anti-American terrorist groups here (worst in Europe) and frequent demonstrations directed against the U.S. Embassy or the local authorities. Street crime doesn't go much beyond pickpocketing or purse snatching, though. - Dec 27, 2008
Fewer than in the States for general crime. A bit of a concern as an American abroad during war time, but we try to keep as low a profile as possible. Meaning-- we do everyday things but we don't wear American flags our anything like that out in public. - Jun 20, 2008