From time to time, there are questions popping up on the internet or in guidebooks about the safety of train travel in Central Europe. However, on board crimes are a very rare exception rather than the rule.
Train stations are monitored by the railway police (SOK-Straż Ochrony Kolei). and SOK officers can also be found on board some trains. If you need any assistance, you can ask these officers, or your train conductor.
Still, when travelling, the use of common sense is always wise. If you are alert to what is going on around you, you will be one step ahead of the potential criminal, who may look for a more unsuspecting victim.
You may also want to keep the following safety tips in mind:
- When moving through stations or boarding trains, always try to keep on arm free. Don’t get weighted down with baggage. A favorite trick of pickpockets is to create a "crush" as people struggle to enter or exit the train.
- Keep your luggage in your line of sight at all times. Do not leave it unattended or where you cannot see it.
- When looking for a place to sit, it might be better to sit with other passengers rather than try to find an empty compartment to sit in by yourself.
- When travelling in a sleeping car or couchette, keep the door to your room locked while you’re asleep.
- Use a money belt or neck pouch to safeguard your money and passport.