Avoid at Night, Brussels
The Red Light at night might seem kinda rough, but if you handle yourself in an appropriate manner you should have no problems. Most of the people I saw there were just checking out the girls anyway. However, don't park your car there, it is notorious for car jackings/break-ins.
Boulevard Albert II, Rue d'Aarschot, Rue de Brabant and its surroundings aren't really safe places to walk in late at night. It is the red light district and when you drive or walk around, girls or transvestites are likely to harrass you to offer you their services. If you're not into this kind of amusement, avoid this area after dark.
Brussels has lots of gangs and there's no way to totally avoid getting mugged by them but some stuff might work.
Don't wear expensive jewelry (normal)
Don't avoid eyecontact, if you see a gang, have a quick look at them but don't stare.
Don't cross the street when seeing a gang, Just walk by them.
Smile cause there's no fun in mugging a happy person. And if you're talking don't stop because they're watching.
Don't look too much like a lost tourist...
If they ask you a cigarette, give them one but if they ask for more just say: "No, I already gave you one" in a friendly manner...
And off course, stay out of the dark and weird alleys...
Brussels has the highest crime rate in Belgium but it still is a safe city. Police is present and it's rare that tourists get into trouble if these tips are considered.
Avoid those areas as they are dangerous, packed with prostitutes and dangerous peoples.
Strange feeling for me while stating that the huge Boulevard Albert II - that houses Ministry premices, Belgacom company, the then External trade office and Gare du Nord (North station) and other international companies- is packed with "girls" at night. Well, while girls are not dangerous, their bosses may be around... So guys, beware!
Brussels Centre is a fairly save city, although I do not suggest you walk alone after sunset. Molenbeek, one of the suburbs of Brussels is considered to be the most violent part, but as a tourist, I don't think you'll see that part of Brussels.
Emergeny phone numbers are:
- police: 101
- medical aid and fire department: 100
From a mobile phone, dial "112" for any emergency.
As with most cities there seems to be a theft problem and a general lack of a police force.
Avoid the area around Gare du Midi, especially at night.
Watch out for some nasty charachters who don't like tourists.
I suspect Americans in particular should head this warning, although English seems to be generally unpopular.
Because it is a business centre AND a European centre for car trading, many people drive around in expensive cars. If you belong to this group, be aware of car jackers at red lights. Whatever car you drive, keep your doors locked and women, keep your handbags out of sight in the car.
Take care in the 'Euro' metro stations (Schuman, Malbeek, Merode, Beaulieu) if you travel alone in the evening and are more than casually dressed. Gangs harass you as they know this is where people make money. Art-Loi is OK as it is a junction with loads of people travelling all the time.
Also be vigilant if you travel to/from South Station (Midi) with the Eurostar/TGV/Thalys. The area is surrounded by poor quarters and people know that you have money if you can travel on fast trains.
Having said these things, I feel much safer in Brussels than in cities like Stockholm (where I come from!)
Brussels is like any other big City in Europe. so the genral advisories. I f female dont walk around on your own at night. Pickpockets on the public transpoort system are to be wary of. be careful of Taxi Drivers asking for more than the fare shown.
Dont wander the streets at night in this end of the city its the turkish ghetto area, I personally had to use some peace making to keep me and my friend from getting mugged by a gang of turkish guys.