Linz is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through this city in northern Austria .  Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.

            Although street crimes, burglaries, and petty thefts are not major concerns in Linz , they occasionally happen.  However, most of these situations can be avoided using a few simple rules.  Avoid carrying around large amounts of money or looking extremely flashy.  Drawing un-needed attention is never a good idea.  Lock all car doors and roll up windows when leaving valuables behind in a car.  Keep a close eye on valuables in crowded, public areas, as these are the places where pickpockets generally operate.

            Avoid walking alone at night (especially women).  This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed in Linz as well.  If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, try to remain in lighted, public areas.

            In the case of an emergency while visiting Linz (or any of Austria ), from any phone, dial 133 for the police, dial 122 for the fire-department, and dial 144 for an ambulance.  Or, dial 112 from any mobile phone, as this is the European Mobile Emergency number.  

            Although there are no foreign embassies located in Linz , many countries have a location somewhere in Austria (most in Vienna ).  For a complete list, including contact and location information, check out this Foreign Embassies List.