Around Copenhagen Central Station you should pay extra attention to pickpockets. The area around City Hall Square and the beginning of Strøget (the pedestrian street) is very busy, and also an area to be aware of thieves.
Pickpockets love distractions
Each summer, Copenhagen Municipality in collaboration with Copenhagen Police run a campaign warning against pickpockets. They use a variety of distractions and tactics to relieve victims of their personal items. Please ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you aware of your valuables in a crowd?
- Are your phone and money safely stored?
- When you pay with a card, do you always cover your pin code?
Strøget, City Hall Square and Gothersgade can be crowded areas by night – especially during weekends.
Regarding Freetown Christiania
Due to the hash dealing at Christiania - which is illegal in Denmark - the residents have adopted to a set of rules for security reasons, which they strongly advice visitors to abide by.
On a few rare occasions, tourists have been scammed by fake police officers. The victims have either paid on-the-spot fines for "breaking the law" or have been frisked and unknowingly robbed. If contacted by a police officer, demand to see legit identification.
You can always contact the police by calling 114. In case of urgent matters, call 112.