Before moving to Constanta, I constantly heard that the city is not safe for various reasons. I will cover them all in today’s article, as well as share my opinion regarding the question in the title – is Constanta, Romania, a safe city?
I will start with a short answer, although I recommend reading the entire article to get the big picture.
Constanta is a safe city, with a really low rate of violent crimes. There might be higher chances of pickpocketing here, and there might be people trying to scam you (if you’re a tourist), but overall you have no reasons to worry.
My personal experience regarding safety in Constanta
Generally, since moving to Constanta 8 months ago, I never felt unsafe. I have to admit that there was a single occasion when things seemed dangerous, but all was well.
The situation was pretty crazy, actually. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was walking home, together with my wife and son, on one of the city’s main streets (the Mamaia Boulevard).
At a distance, we saw a group of three people who seemed to be agitated. I didn’t pay much attention to them until we got closer: one of them had a huge and scary machete-like knife in one hand and apparently wanted to go “visit” an enemy.
The two other people that were with him – a young woman and a older man – tried to calm him down, but there was a real show out there on one of Constanta’s main streets, in daylight, with tons of people and cars driving by.
Nothing happened to us as we passed the group – they ignored us completely, but I still think it was dangerous as those people can be unpredictable.
But nothing similar to this had ever happened since and we always felt safe in the city. (Well, apart from a bit of reckless driving, but that’s one thing the entire country is suffering from).
A good way to avoid this from happening is sticking to the best areas in the city as they are generally safer.
So… Is Constanta Safe Overall?
My answer is yes, Constanta is safe! While no city is entirely free from crime, as you saw from my experience above, Constanta can be considered a very safe destination in Romania.
While there are some types of non-violent crime reported in the city, such as pickpocketing and even theft from parked cars, it’s something that you can easily prevent by taking basic safety measures.
Also, Constanta has a strong police presence, with officers patrolling the streets and monitoring tourist areas.
You always see them around, especially in the central and touristy areas, which probably deters potential criminals too.
But if you are a tourist, try to keep your belongings close by. I doubt anything bad will happen, but it’s best to be safe than sorry.
At the same time, if you visit one of the amazing Romanian beaches located in Constanta, make sure to never leave your belongings unattended.
There’s a habit here to ask people around you to keep an eye on your belongings if you decide to go take a bath and you’re alone, or the entire group goes with you. So don’t worry about sounding silly – it’s actually the best way to approach this!
There are also occasional reports of scams targeting tourists (usually foreigners), such as fake taxis or offers of guided tours that have to be paid in advance but turn out to be fakes.
To avoid falling victim to these scams, it’s best to book tours and taxis through reputable companies and avoid offers that seem too good to be true, as they usually are.
You can also use ridesharing apps like Uber of Bolt in Constanta – this is what we usually use.
As for a safe taxi company, Romaris is one of the companies you can try – I always see their cars around. They also have mobile apps available for both Android and iOS.
Safety Tips for Constanta
I recommend taking all the basic safety precautions when visiting Constanta, Romania. I think that it is very unlikely that something bad will happen, but better be safe than sorry.
Here is my list of safety tips to consider:
- always keep an eye on your belongings, including at the beach/restaurants
- don’t carry large amounts of cash with you
- carry a copy of your passport/id to avoid the extra trouble if your wallet is stolen (again – this is very unlikely to happen)
- stick to the touristy areas and central locations
- don’t fall for offers that seem too good to be true (could be a scam)
- only use reputable companies for exploring the city or driving around
- avoid walking alone at night, especially in low light/low population areas
I think that these are indeed basic safety measures that should be considered everywhere you go.
I don’t want to scare you, especially because I don’t think you have any real reason to feel unsafe in Constanta, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The truth is that safety issues are similar to drinking tap water in Constanta – it is safe to drink, but you still feel more comfortable sticking to bottled water.
In conclusion, Constanta, Romania is generally a safe city to visit, but you could end up in the wrong place at the wrong time (like it happened to me in the story I shared above).
Fortunately, this rarely happens so don’t worry too much about it. As long as you take some basic safety precautions, you will be safe in Constanta and you’ll have an amazing holiday here.
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