Get useful expat articles, health and financial news, social media recommendations and more in your inbox each month - free!

We respect your privacy - we don't spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

±Compare Expat Providers

Expat Health Insurance Quotes

Foreign Currency Exchange Quotes

International Moving Quotes

We're very social! Follow Expat Focus on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Expat Focus Facebook PageExpat Focus on TwitterExpat Focus Pinterest PageExpat Focus Google+ Page

Notify me when new content is added about a country

±Expat Focus Partners

Crime & Safety

Frankfurt - Crime & Safety

Despite a low unemployment rate and a fairly well developed police force, Frankfurt is considered the crime capital of Germany. Although crime rates in Frankfurt are still low compared to many other European cities, it is necessary to be cautious when traveling throughout the city.

The vast majority of crimes committed in Frankfurt involve robbery, pickpocketing, or illicit drugs. Politically motivated crimes and ethnic crimes are not prevalent in the city. Also, residential robberies, car thefts, and murders have all declined significantly over the past decade. In fact, reports of car thefts have decreased by 75 percent since 1997.

People traveling on the city's subways are particularly prone to incidences of theft, pickpocketing, and robbery. If you are traveling on the subway, especially at night, it is a good idea to make sure you are traveling in a group to minimize your exposure to these types of crimes. Take extra care when traveling through the red light district of the Hauptbahnhof subway, as this is a major area for drug peddling and related crimes.

When traveling throughout the city, be sure not to leave your personal property unattended, as this is an easy target for thieves. Also, use caution when visiting outdoor markets, internet cafes, and restaurants – these are places where pickpocketing and theft incidents are commonly reported.

Vehicle vandalism is another crime that has been on the rise in Frankfurt over the past several years. Most commonly, criminals will “snatch and grab" items from the vehicle by breaking a window to gain access to personal property.

Illegal drugs are widely available throughout the city. Cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, and marijuana are most common. You may encounter users near main subway and train stations, as well as in public parks and nightclubs.

In several areas of the city, “shooting galleries" have been established, where residents can take drugs (although drugs may not be sold in these areas). The distribution of clean needles is common in these areas.

Women traveling at night should take care to avoid the Elbestrasse and Taunusstrasse, which are the main sex drags in the city.

Law enforcement in Frankfurt is considered very responsive, and expats are strongly encouraged to contact police if a crime occurs. To reach the police in Frankfurt in the event of emergency, dial 110 from any pay phone or cellular phone. In the rare event that you are the victim of a crime which involves physical injury, dial 112 to obtain emergency medical assistance.

If you need additional assistance, you can contact the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt:

U.S. Consulate General

Giessener Strasse 30 60435 Frankfurt AM Main

Routine calls: (069) 7535-2100, 2-4pm Monday-Friday

Emergencies only: (069) 7535-0

Fax: (069) 7535-2304

Hours: 7:30am-11:30, Monday-Friday


Please note that the Consulate is closed on American and German Holidays.

Read more about this country

Expat Health Insurance Partners


Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

AXA - Global Healthcare

As the global healthcare specialists for AXA, the world’s number one insurance brand, we can help you get fast access to expert medical care, whenever and wherever you need it. All our plans include evacuation and repatriation, a second medical opinion service and extra support from a dedicated case manager if you’re diagnosed with cancer. You’ll also have 24/7 support from our caring multilingual team - we’ll always remember you’re a person, not a case number.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.


Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.