Amsterdam, though the capital of the Netherlands, is a small city with a pleasant atmosphere that will make you soon feel at home. It is currently ranked as one of the safest cities worldwide and the second safest city in Europe.
Amsterdam was listed as one of the top six safest cities worldwide in the 2017 Safe Cities Index. In this index, Amsterdam scored highly for both infrastructure and personal safety. Students also indicate that they view Amsterdam as a safe place to live. In the pan-European 'International Student Barometer', 94% of students polled were satisfied with safety.
As with any city, it is always helpful to take precautions against ‘petty crime’. Theft – especially of bicycles – and pickpocketing does occur in Amsterdam, particularly in the city centre, on trains, trams and near the tourist sites.
Here are a few precautions you should take when visiting a big city:
• Make sure you always watch your belongings, especially when waiting at a bus stop, travelling by public transport, shopping and so on.
• Do not use ATM’s at night in quiet areas.
• Bike theft is common in Amsterdam. If you have a bicycle, make sure to always lock both wheel and frame properly, preferably by locking it to a bicycle rack.