Crime in Portugal is, by European
standards, relatively low. However crimes do occur in Portugal with
petty theft in larger towns, cities and tourist resort areas of the
country a reality. More serious crimes such as robbery, murder and
sexual assaults do occur in Portugal, though not in the numbers reported
by other European countries.
Portugal is a relatively safe country to
visit and live in, but it is always advisable to be vigilant with your
personal possessions and safety.
There are two main police forces in Portugal - the metropolitan Policia de Seguranca Publica (PSP) and Guarda National Republicana (GNR).
emergency number for the police is 112.