Like many Eastern countries, Bulgaria suffers its fair share of crime. However knowledge is power and crime can be avoided if you are fully aware of the possible hazards and take the necessary precautions. Here you will gain an insight into the crime and police situation in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria suffers from its fair share of petty street crime and this is especially prevalent in busy cities. Pick-pocketing and bag snatching can occur in crowded streets or markets. It is easy to avoid being a target by using common sense measures:
Con artists - can be common on public transport and in train or bus stations. They pose as “instant friends” or government officials. There have been incidents where tourists have been drugged and robbed after accepting valium tainted drinks from these new acquaintances. Always ask “officials” for identification.
Racism - as in many countries, people with dark skin have sometimes been victims of hostile attitude and ethnic slurs.
Taxis - can sometimes overcharge tourists, particularly at Sofia airport and the train station. To avoid this, use reputable taxi companies whose cars have meters and clearly marked rates. Pre-negotiate a fare to avoid excessive payment if a metered taxi cannot be found.
Car theft - the main targets are four wheel drive vehicles and luxury cars. Very few are recovered.
House robbery - happens in Bulgaria, as with properties anywhere in Europe today. In modern developments today, security personnel are on duty and modern security systems are in place. For other property, you would be well advised to put bars on your windows, change the lock on your newly purchased property and be vigilant about locking doors and windows when away. Remember to get a contents insurance policy.
It is worth reporting a crime immediately to the police as they do help recover money and valuables on some occasions.
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