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

The political climate in Poland is increasingly intolerant towards immigrants and racial minorities. Non-white employees at the embassy were advised to avoid parades/protests on national holidays, such as Independence Day (November 11). The Praga district has historically been known to be the "rougher" side of Warsaw; however, it is gentrifying and has becoming noticeable safer in recent years. Beware of intoxicated soccer/football fans on game names, especially around the Legia stadium. - Sep 2019


None really. Obviously don't be stupid and wave money around in public, but generally safer than most large cities in the world. - May 2018


None really. Low terrorism threat compared to other countries in Europe. Soccer hooliganism maybe but the police do a good job. Pickpockets around crowded public areas. - Apr 2018


No, most homes have bars still. Just be safe and aware of your surroundings. - Dec 2016


I feel very safe here. There are property crimes, like breaking into cars, and I have heard of some burglaries, but violent crime is very low. - Mar 2016


No. Warsaw is the safest city I've ever lived in, by far. - Sep 2015


The overall crime rate here is very low and I've felt much safer here than in many other U.S. cities for example. The violent crime rate is particularly low, and most of what you see or hear about usually involves alcohol use in the later hours of the day or night. I often ask women if they feel safe walking alone at night here and the almost always say they do feel safe, both on the street and in public transportation. Poland is still a very homogeneous country, meaning if you don't look like most Poles then you MAY be subject to lots of long stares and sometimes abusive language (usually if the person in question has been drinking). There is a rapidly growing Asian community here (Vietnamese are said to be the largest minority group in Poland), as well as others from North Africa, the Middle East, and Africa. I'd be lying if I said that racism does not exist here. Nationalist sentiments and a "Poland is for Poles" movement does exist. It is not widespread though but it's always best to exercise caution. Check the various embassy websites to see what their consular officials say about this issue. It also helps to speak with others who've lived here to get their take on things. - Nov 2014


Normal city living awareness, but this is very safe city. I've even allowed my teenage daughter to take public transit with her friends with very little worry. - Feb 2012


Not especially. Would almost be a bit more comforting to see a few more police on the streets. - Nov 2011


None. Some minor crime. - Aug 2011


So far, my stay has been without any noticable events. I haven't seen any issues in the city so far. - Aug 2011


None. - Mar 2011


None - Jan 2011


While you can get unlucky anywhere, in terms of crime, it's probably one of the safest cities on earth. On the roads, however, drivers are crazy, and speed limits are taken as minimums rather than maximums. Be careful! - Dec 2010


I've felt very safe in Warsaw, although I know that there are occasional muggings. - Feb 2010


Warsaw is like any other Eastern European city with the usual security concerns. Just use common sense and you will be fine. For us the biggest security concern has been driving on the roads. - Aug 2009


There are no concerns unique to the area, just the same as any big city. I jog at night in the area I live and take taxis and I feel very safe. - Jun 2008


The usual concerns in any major Eastern European city-petty theft, I guess, is the most concerning. - Apr 2008


It feels very safe in Warsaw. I've heard of cell phones and wallets being stolen and the occasional car. You need to have common sense. For the most part people leave you alone and it is a very quiet place. On a typical bus ride, not one talks except children. - Feb 2008


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