Pristina - Post Report Question and Answers

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

I've always felt safe here. Worst thing was an aggressive panhandler at a stoplight. - Aug 2021

I have not been concerned for my safety any more or less than I was living in Washington, DC. Always be aware of your surroundings, don't be stupid. - Jul 2019

There are no specific concerns, but it is good to keep eyes and ears open and not walk into demonstrations. Otherwise, same as in Western Europe. - Nov 2016

Because the country has no rules regulating the buy/breeding of dogs, people obtain and then discard animals (especially dogs) like trash, usually dumping them near the embassy. There is a rampant stray-dog problem. These abandoned dogs after often have been known to go after people, especially kids that they believe are hostile to them. - Jun 2016

Not really. You can't travel to/through the north. Though it is a poor country, petty crime doesn't seem to be much of a problem (as long as you use common sense.) - May 2016

For the Embassy, the Serbian-majority area north of the Ibar river is forbidden unless on official business. We had to travel in FAV. This policy gets reexamined periodically, but security in "the North" is unpredictable, especially after dark. In the rest of the country, the biggest hazard is crazy drivers. Crime is very low. - Aug 2015

No, not really. Everyone knows everyone so street crime is rare but it does occur on occasion if you're not paying attention. - Jun 2014

Thefts occur. Do not leave items inside the car in plain view. A thief will smash a window to get a watch and some change. - Apr 2013

There are still sporadic episodes of ethnic unrest but it's calmed down a lot. No major concerns on street crime, although a friend's apartment was broken into when he was at work and his computer/tv stolen. - Sep 2012

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