Safety in Czech Republic

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Police in Czech RepublicCzech Republic is generally a safe country. Although organised crime and petty theft do exist, foreigners who exercise basic safety precautions will likely have no problem.

The country has a stable government, there is a low risk of natural disasters, and road accident rates are relatively low.

 

Crime in Czech Republic


The Czech Republic has a low crime rate, although in recent years pickpocketing has been on the increase, especially in tourist hotspots or on crowded public transport. Pickpocketing rings can be very well organised and members may carry weapons or become violent – so if a confrontation does occur, it is best for expats to relinquish their possessions instead of resisting. By law, foreigners are expected to carry their passport with them at all times  so expats should make sure their passport is secure.

Car theft and car break-ins are common, especially in Prague. Avoid parking in poorly lit or isolated areas and never leave valuables visible on the seat.

 

Scams in Czech Republic


ATM scams and money-changing scams are fairly common – always change money at a reputable bureau de change (not through somebody on the street) and expats should not let anyone assist them when using an ATM. ATMs in busy areas like hotels, shopping malls or airports are preferable to those in out-of-the-way spots.

 

Road safety in Czech Republic


Road fatalities in the Czech Republic have recently been at their lowest in over 60 years, although of course expats should still be extremely cautious when driving in any new country where road laws and signs are unfamiliar.

Note that Czech law requires that all private cars have a first aid kit, a high-visibility safety jacket, a spare pair of prescription spectacles (if needed), a warning triangle and a complete set of spare bulbs, and must also drive with headlights on at all times.

 

Emergency response in Czech Republic


There are a number of police and emergency bodies operating side by side in the Czech Republic. The foreign police (cizinecká policie) is the most useful for expats, although it's also possible to approach the local state police (policie České republiky) – if a police station does not have an interpreter, they will find one to help from a neighbouring district. The Malá Strana police station (at Vlašská 3) is responsible for handling thefts or pickpocketing and has English-speaking staff members.

For extreme situations, expats should use the general EU emergency number (112), as call centre operators are multi-lingual and can help with fire, police or ambulance services. For minor emergencies it is best to contact local numbers.

There are several English-speaking and 24-hour hospitals in Prague and elsewhere in the Czech Republic.

Useful emergency numbers:

  • EU general emergency: 112

  • Czech police: 158

  • Prague police: 156

  • Fire: 150

  • Ambulance: 155

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