Heraklion is relatively safe. Practice general traveling safety rules such as avoiding walking in unfamiliar areas alone and being wary of any stranger who approaches you on the street. Unfortunately, scams are a reality, and a stranger who approaches you and asks you for money for whatever reason—no matter how much they elicit your sympathy—should be distrusted.

    The US Department of State reports that sexual assault or date rape occasionally occur in Greece, and that most happen on the islands. Avoid situations where this could happen. They also note that there have been few reported cases by Americans.

    The US Government also cautions against American tourists being around demonstrations, especially on university campuses. Greek police are not allowed to enter some school areas, so if there is a problem the police will not be able to help you. 

    If you are a victim of a crime while in Greece, report it immediately to the nearest US embassy or consulate, as well as to local law-enforcement. The US Embassy in Greece is located in Athens, and the Consulate General is located in Thessaloniki. 

    For more information, see the US Department of State Greece travel web site.