There are a few things to keep in mind when passing through the Plaka district. One of them is that the shop and restaurant owners there are very eager to get you to buy their inventory. If you seen a hand -painted sign pointing a pathway to get to the Acropolis, don't expect it to really bring you directly there. Where it will really bring you is through some more tiny streets of souvenir shops!
Violent crime in Athens is low but it is a big city and it still occurs. Take the normal precautions you would take anywhere. Pay attention to the area you are in at night, don't walk alone in a dark area, etc. Most crimes in Athens are petty crimes which occur everywhere, so look out for pickpockets and scam artists.
Around the city center, an area to avoid is Omonia at night. Also don't get caught in the western areas at night.
i stayed around this region,
not to far from Omonia sq,
lots of refuges,gangs,
i had no trouble,
but i could sence tension,
stay to well lit areas,
dress more like a business man,
than a tourist.....
infact i had more trouble in
from pests trying to con you to go to there
bar/club to buy a drink...
these are scams,
you will pay hundreds of euro's
for a drink in these places....
Lots of junkies and shady types. If you are cool about it you won't be in any real danger, but I tend to believe that people who get paranoid about such things attract trouble so in their place I would try to stay away from this area late at night.
Athens is generally safe and, according to the statistics, not so dangerous as other large european cities. As at any other place in the world, protect yourself by the normal safety rules.
Avoid to be alone during the night at the places nearby Omonia square (directions to Agiou Konstantinou str., Pireos str., Athinas str.), Vathis (Anexartisias) square or the dark and narrow streets of Piraeus around the port.
Outisde of the main squares, the streets can be dark, so take care walking at night. Be careful too of the large number of stray dogs wandering around. I have now been corrected in that Rabies is not common in Greece, and i apologise for any offence or confusion caused by the earlier posting.
A Greek friend of mine told me to avoid going to Omonia Square at night because there are "shady people" hanging around that area.
Omonia Square is not a nice place, especially late evening and at night. At night please stay away of the place and neighboring streets unless you want to get robbed.