As you may have experienced on other Mediterranean islands, Crete is considered a safe place to be. Outside the main cities, the crime rate is impressively low. You may see Cretans leaving cars and even homes unlocked. you may even find that your hotel room has insufficient locking mechanisms. It may take some getting used to, but crime is simply not a serious problem on Crete.

One thing that frequently shocks visitors to Crete is the somewhat cavalier attitude to road safety. You will see high mountain roads without safety barriers or even road markings. If you are hiring a car, you must make yourself familiar with the roads and drive very carefully. If you are taking a taxi or riding on a bus, just trust that the driver has driven the road a hundred or so times and therefore knows what he is doing.

You may see people begging on beaches as is usual in such places. Most are selling something - usually sunglasses or cheap jewellry. These people are almost never threatening and usually quite friendly. They won't be offended if you turn them down.

If you are intending to go to clubs at night, the main dangers will be from other tourists and not local Cretans. Infamous party towns like Malia should be treated just like a party town in your own country. The crime rate is traditionally higher in these places - most crimes are carried out by other tourists.

Nikos Kazantzakis Airport has all the usual security measures and Greek security guards are always helpful if you have any questions. You may be informed upon arrival that it is not permitted for tourists to photograph the airport as it is used as a NATO airbase.