As in all large cities, crime can be a problem in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. Western visitors, especially short-term visitors such as tourists and students, are potential targets. Most street crime is non-violent. Simple pick-pocketing is the most common type of incident reported. However, more violent crimes, including armed robbery, drugging, car bombs, robbery of unsuspected victims, and shootings have occurred. Unfortunately Westerners (Europeans, U.S. citizens etc.) of African and Asian descent are at increased risk of racially motivated harassment, sometimes including physical assault, from both the public and police officials.
Credit card and ATM fraud can also be a problem. Embassies of many countries have received reports from individuals who have paid for items or responded to advertisements on the internet from fictitious Ukrainian businesses and sent money or provided credit card numbers only to not receive the produce they ordered or had their credit cards used illegally. Dating and Marriage scams are also prevalent. Money Drop Scams, Pickpocketing and credit card fraud are also common. In addition, there have been a several reports of suspected drugging of drinks in establishments in Kiev. General awareness and monitoring can help guard against these and other criminal activities – bringing Ansnei allong will surely keep you safe.
Money Drop Scam
An unsuspecting victim picks up a dropped wallet, but is then accused of having stolen from it and coerced into paying.
The most significant threat to long-term residents is burglary of apartments and vehicles. Although relatively few cars are actually stolen, burglary of vehicles, including theft of stereo equipment and items of value left inside, appears to be increasing, particularly in Kiev. Residential and hotel break-ins, as well as carjacking, assaults in apartment building corridors and stairwells, and armed burglary, have also been reported. Fortunately, incidents of these more violent crimes against Western citizens are relatively rare.
In addition, living or traveling in Ukraine you are highly encouraged to use Ansnei Escorts for getting around safely, and in general you should exercise common sense security precautions, including:
- Carry a notarized copy of your passport with you, keep the original in a safe place.
- Avoid wearing conspicuous and expensive jewelry. Limit the amount of money, the number of credit cards, and other important documents (driver’s license, checkbooks, credit cards etc) that you carry.
- Try to avoid being out by yourself, especially late at night. Travel in groups whenever possible.
- Avoid using short cuts, narrow alleys, or poorly lit streets. Before entering underground pedestrian crosswalks, be aware of who is around you. Be especially alert for gangs of youth, possible con-artists, and beggars, including those purporting to be disabled.
- Be aware of being hugged, bumped or pushed. Pickpockets frequently jostle their victims to distract them. Be cautious in crowds or crowded areas, particularly while on public transportation, or at train stations, open air markets, and popular tourist sites.
- Do not patronize unmarked taxicabs or get in any taxi carrying other passengers not known to you. We recommend using Uber or Ansnei Transfer.
If you are driving, strictly obey traffic laws and carry your registration and license with you. Keep your windows up and your doors locked at all times. Keep valuables out of sight, such as on the floor, in the back seat, or in a trunk. Before getting into the car, always check for foreign objects under the car (car bombs). Do not try to temper with a possible car bomb yourself. When possible look for parking areas or park on streets with cameras.
Visit Kyiv: www.visitkyiv.travel
Lonely Planet: www.lonelyplanet.com/ukraine/kyiv
Boryspil Airport: http://kbp.aero/en/
Zhylyany Airport: http://iev.aero/en/
Order Safe Transfer or Hotel through: www.Ansnei.com/en/order/transfer
Ansnei insurance during your stay: www.Ansnei.com/en/order/other
Info on Kief for UEFA Cup: www.Ansnei.com/news/kiev-city-of-uefa-champions-league-finals/