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Safety in Croatia
Carry your passport at all times, because it is the only officially recognised form of identification. You must be able to show some form of identification if required, especially when checking into hotels. Keep a photocopy of the biographical details page (the page where your photograph is) in a safe location, including details of your next of kin.
Crime in Croatia
Croatia has a low crime rate and violent crime is rare.
The only issues you should be vary of:
- On occasion tourists have been the victims of overcharging in some so-called "Gentlemen's Clubs", sometimes thousands of Euros, and threatened with violence when they refuse to pay.
- Take precautions when carrying money in busy tourist areas, where pickpockets are known to operate. Personal and valuable items should not be left unattended, particularly on the beach.
If you intend to hike in the Croatian mountains seek local guides’ expert advice, however tame the mountain might seem to you. The weather in the Croatian mountains can change quickly, even in the summer months and temperatures can get very low overnight. There have been reports of hikers getting lost in the mountains when they have gone out alone, without expert guides, and left marked paths. They have also been lost in stormy weather etc. If in trouble, call the emergency number 112 and the Croatian Mountain Rescue service will help you as best they can (www.gss.hr, available in English, click on ‘In case of an emergency’ for further advice).
Road conditions in Croatia around the larger towns are of a generally good standard. However, take care when overtaking and use caution around other road users who may unexpectedly overtake repeatedly in slower traffic. Minor roads are usually unlit at night.
Croatia has laws stating that it is illegal:
- to drive with more than 0.5% of alcohol in the system (but if in any kind of offence, zero tolerance applies);
- to drive without dipped headlights from the last weekend in October until last weekend in March;
- to use a mobile phone whilst driving (use hands-free instead).
It is obligatory to carry a fluorescent vest in your car whilst driving in Croatia. You must keep the vest in the car and not in the boot. You must wear the vest whilst attending to a breakdown, e.g. changing a tyre. All passengers must wear seat belts and special seats are required for infants. Children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat.
Emergency road help (HAK) may be reached by dialling (385 1) 1987. This service is staffed by English speaking operators. Traffic information in English is available at 98.5FM during the tourist season only.