Spring equals big city vacations

When spring is knocking on the door in the Nordic countries, many get tempted to make a quick trip to a warmer place, and city break has become a popular mode of travel, not least because it is now much easier and cheaper for Nordic travellers to make a direct quick trip to many big cities both in and outside Europe with the many new air routes from the Nordic capitals to European and transatlantic big city destinations.

Below is some good advice from SOS International and our safety expert for safe journey to some of the world's major cities. 

Safe city trip in London

Although the overall crime rate in London is low, areas where many people (often tourists) gather pose a higher risk of pick-pocketing, purse-snatching and street robbery.

There areas are, among other things, East End, the area around Olympic Park, West End, mainly around Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Bond Street and Leicester Square.

Terror
  • As in other European cities, there is an underlying terror threat.
  • Follow local authority instructions.
  • In the event of terrorist attack, use the method "run - hide - tell": Run away from the place, if this can be done reasonably safely. If it is not safe, hide, set your mobile phone on mute, lock the door, barricade yourself if possible, or hide behind solid objects. Call the police and tell them what has happened.
Emergency numbers in London
  • All services: 112 / 999
  • Anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321
  • Not urgent: 101

Safe city trip in Barcelona

Although the overall crime rate in Barcelona is low, areas where many people (often tourists) gather pose a higher risk of pick-pocketing, purse-snatching and street robbery.

  • In particular Plaza d’Espanya, the southern part of La Rambla and especially Ciutat Vella (the Old Town) are places with increased risk of theft or street robbery.

  • Other places with high risk, like in many other cities, are the areas around the central railway station, the subway and the beaches, where tourists gather.
Con tricks
  • It is a good idea to keep an eye on your valuables
  • Do not carry more cash or values ​than what you can “afford” to lose and make sure to go in groups.
  • Con tricks, where a small group focus on a chosen victim pretending to be ready to help, assist with directions or the like, are not uncommon, especially in tourist areas.
Terror
  • There is an underlying terror threat in Barcelona just as in other European cities.
  • Follow local authority instructions.
  • In the event of terrorist attack, use the method "run - hide - tell": Run away from the place, if this can be done reasonably safely. If it is not safe, hide, set your mobile phone on mute, lock the door, barricade yourself if possible or hide behind solid objects. Call the police and tell them what has happened.
Emergency numbers in Barcelona
  • All services: 112
  • Police: 091
  • Ambulance: 061
  • Fire: 080

Safe city trip in Rome

Although the overall crime rate in Rome is low, areas where many people (often tourists) gather pose a higher risk of pick-pocketing, purse-snatching and street robbery.

  • Other places with high risk, like in many other cities, are the areas around the Termini railway station and places where many tourists gather.
Con tricks
  • Con tricks, where a small group focus on a chosen victim pretending to be ready to help, assist with directions or the like, are not uncommon, especially in tourist areas.
Risk of drug rapes

Many drug rapes/drugging where the perpetrator puts euphoriant drugs in the victim's drink, are reported in the tourist season.

It is therefore a good idea to keep an eye on your drink when you are at the pub, nightclub, disco and the like.

Terror
  • There is an underlying terror threat in Rome just as in other European cities.
  • Make sure to keep yourself informed and follow local authorities' instructions.
  • In the event of terrorist attack, use the method "run - hide - tell": Run away from the place, if this can be done reasonably safely. If it is not safe, hide, set your mobile phone on mute, lock the door, barricade yourself if possible or hide behind solid objects. Call the police and tell them what has happened.
Emergency numbers in Rom
  • All services: 112
  • General emergency: 113

What to do if you get sick on your big city vacation

Sick on your vacation? Remember to always contact SOS International's emergency centre before you see a doctor or go to the hospital while on your big city break. In that way we will be able to:

  • Guide you to a doctor or hospital in our network. This way you are guaranteed quality care
  • Guide you to what your travel insurance covers

Please call us at +45 7010 5050

What to be aware of when you go on a big city break?
Find several general good advice for your trip at

www.sos-safetravel.eu

Safe city trip in New York

The overall crime rate in New York is medium. Purse-snatching and pick-pocketing are rampant in places where tourists gather (e.g. Times Square). Some street robberies where victims are threatened to hand over their valuables are reported as well.

  • Tourist areas, trains, subway and railway stations, just like in other cities, are particularly vulnerable to theft.
  • In New York these areas include, among other things, Pennsylvania Station and certain areas in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
Risk of robbery
  • In the event of robbery, it is good idea not to try to resist, but to quietly give the offender your valuables.
  • Make sure to keep a copy of, for example, your passport and driving licence so you can have new ones issued faster.
  • Also back up the content on your mobile phone, so you can still have your contacts etc. if you lose your phone.
Terror
  • The threat of terrorism in the United States is generally medium to high. In New York, the threat is higher because certain groups regard the city as an epitome of the values Americans stand for.
  • As seen in previous attacks both in the USA and in Europe, it may be assumed that terrorists want to hit as many people (soft targets) as possible. These factions also want to hit western landmarks such as Times Square, government buildings, military installations and the like.
  • Follow local authority instructions.n the event of terrorist attack, use the method "run - hide - tell": Run away from the place, if this can be done reasonably safely. If it is not safe, hide, set your mobile phone on mute, lock the door, barricade yourself if possible, or hide behind solid objects. Call the police and tell them what has happened.
Emergency numbers in New York
  • All services: 911

Safe city trip in Dubai

Dubai is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world.

Although the risk of being exposed to crime is very low, it is still present. It is typically in the form of pick-pocketing and very rarely in the form of robbery.

Follow local customs

The residents of Dubai are mostly Muslims.

We recommend following local customs and traditions, so you do not call unwanted attention.

Terror
  • Although the threat of terrorism is low, similarly to the other Gulf States, there is a general threat there.

  • The police and other security forces are very attentive to tourists' safety.
Emergency numbers in Dubai
  • All services: 999

Contact us

Are you travelling and in need of acute assistance?

Contact SOS International's alarm centre on +45 7010 5050.

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