Crime in Athens is the most minimal in Europe is one of the safest great towns in the world. This is not to say that crime does not happen. It surely does. There are trivial robbers like select pockets and purse captors. There are hustlers who will induce you into their bars and charge you two-hundred euro for the drink you bought the young lady next to you. There are taxi drivers who will take advantage of your inexperience with the currency and over-charge you. There is government corruption that goes from the top all the way down to the lowest tax official and civil-servant. There are people who will construct illegal villas on public lands and forests and government officials happy to take bribes to permit them to. (In fact if you know the right person to pay or exchange services you can do just about anything). There are people who speed and motor-cycles that take shortcuts through pedestrian-only streets.
But there are a small number of crimes that will do more than problem a tourist to Athens. The homicide rate is very low. In fact most homicides are crimes of passion which involve family, lovers, and an occaional neighbor or business partner who has 'done somebody wrong'. There are very few rapes (though one should not test this by being an easy target and walking the back streets at three am). Hotel rooms should be locked and important documents and huge sums of money should be kept in a safe for piece-of-mind as much as the possibility of a break-in. Athens is a safe place to be, for one reason poverty is not at such proportions that more than a handful of people need to resort to desperate measures, as in many other touristic countries. Hopefully it will continue this way.
Tourism Information in Athens
There in Athens are three National Tourism Offices at your help in and nearby town, Athens Center, Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos and Central Services. These offices all have the schedules for buses, trains and ferry boats as well as a free map of Athens. They can gives you with any type of information concerning tourism in Athens and in the rest of Greece. The main tourist office is at 26A, Amalias Av. (Tel 210/3310392 or 210/3310716). Opened: 09;00-20:00 (weekdays) and 10:00-18:00 (weekend), you also can locate others two, Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (Tel 210/ 3530445-8). Opened: 09:00-19:00 (weekdays) and 10:00-15:00 (weekend) and Central Services at Tsoha 7 Street (Tel. 210/ 8707000). Opened: 07:30-14:30 (weekdays)
Tourism Police in Athens
The office of the Athens Tourism Police is at 77, Dimitrakopoulou St., tel. 171 or 210 9242700. The Athens Tourism Police is an essential part of the Hellenic Police (ELAS) involving of men and women particularly trained to offer tourists information and help whenever they have any difficulties. They are also capable to solve minor differences between tourists and enterprises. All Athens Tourism Policemen speak strange languages. You can recognize them by the shoulder flash "Tourism Police" on their uniforms. As there are tourists in Athens all year long. Tourism Police works an emergency telephone line on a 24 hour basis. Just dial 171 any day, any time, from all over Greece. When you have a problem with someone else, do not get into a heated discussion and surely not in a fight. Just call the Tourism Police.