Latvia is a safe country to travel to, however, there are certain things that we have to consider before going there so that we can avoid petty crime incidents and scams. Someone said, “check your purses, tape your wallets, and don’t take a drink from strangers”. Although this proverb can be applied to all traveling places. However, we can take a precautionary hint from this.
Riga’s Old Town, Central Train Station (Dzelzceļa stacija), Central Bus Station (Autoosta), and Central Market (Centrāltirgus) are areas popular with pickpockets. The underground tunnels linking Old Town to the bus station and nearby shopping malls are also particularly attractive to opportunistic criminals. Latvia is not immune from credit card fraud, but concerted law enforcement efforts have helped reduce the number of incidents.
Scams, be aware of individuals asking visitors to buy them drinks – particularly young, attractive women.
A Recent Report is beneficial before a visit to Latvia.