Crete is generally a safe, friendly and hospitable place and crime rates are much lower here than in other parts of southern Europe. Thefts, especially, are more likely to be committed by other tourists than locals. Still, as with anywhere, it pays to follow a few simple precautions to lower your risk of getting ripped off.
- Keep track of your possessions on public transport, in markets and other crowded areas. Do not leave luggage unattended in cars.
- Lock your rental car and hotel rooms. If the latter doesn’t lock properly, including windows, ask for your valuables to be locked in the hotel safe.
- Avoid dark streets and parks at night, particularly in the major cities.
If you need to report a theft or loss of passport, try to go to the tourist police in your area first, and then they will act as interpreters between you and the regular police.