Generally speaking, Athens is a one of the safest city in Europe with a low crime rate and a deserved reputation for honesty. Nonetheless theft and muggings are becoming increasingly common, a trend only likely to be increased by the economic crisis. Always lock rooms and cars securely and all your documents, cards and money into different places. . There have been a huge number reports of pickpockets on the Metro (especially at the interchanges with the line from Airport), buses and in other crowded areas, including Plaka. You will notice that natives travel with their hands on their bags and pockets and keeping their bag in front rather than on their side or back. And do not forget to carry suitable ID on you at all times-a passport or a driving license.