Montreal - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Pickpockets downtown are pros. Otherwise, this is a safe place to live. - Aug 2020

Watch out for pickpockets on the subway or in large, crowded spaces, but otherwise very, very safe. - Feb 2018

The usual in a big city: some purse snatchers, some car thieves, but pretty minor. Very few violent crimes. - Aug 2012

Lots of car break-ins. I wouldn't even leave a pair of sunglasses in a car. If you mount a GPS suction on your window, you might as well put a flashing neon sign on the top of your car to have it broken into. Hundreds, probably thousands, of windows get smashed for computer bags, purses, etc. Don't leave ANYTHING in you car. - Dec 2009

Cars are stolen all the time and quickly put on container ships. The rate of theft is incredible, and only 50% are ever found - and thieves seem fearless. Cars are stolen out of parking garages and hotel parking lots. Purses may be dipped into if they are hung on the back of your chair in a nice restaurant. Nothing violent, unless you go to the clubs downtown and get on the wrong side of a bouncer. - Sep 2009

All the women I know here are comfortable walking alone at night in almost every neighborhood - it's a very safe city that way. On the other hand, it has one of the highest property crime rates in the U.S. and Canada. Car break-ins and theft are rampant. Get an indoor parking space (for the snow, too). - Jan 2009

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