Safer Travel in Ireland
When it comes to crime, Ireland’s considered a pretty safe place for travelers. Overall, crimes against tourists are rare and violent crimes are even rarer. Therefore, the usual travel precautions apply… be aware of your surroundings, watch your belongings, lock your door, don’t leave valuables in your car, etc.
In 2009, reports of crimes against tourists in Ireland dropped from 380 to 354… numbers that are almost in line with the drop in tourism numbers. 69% of those crimes occurred in Dublin, and a majority of all crimes involved theft and burglary.
The Irish Times pointed out some interesting details:
- Most crimes happened when tourists were sightseeing, shopping or relaxing in restaurants and cafes.
- Crimes against tourists tend to happen between 2pm to 6pm.
- Female travelers aged between 17 and 24 are more likely to be victims of a crime.
This information reminds us to be careful no matter where we travel.
When I’m asked about crime in Ireland, I usually point out that crime rates in Ireland are usually the same or better than most US cities and towns, so travel smart, not scared.