Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The latest – 2014 – crime statistics for Berlin´s underground stations are there and they are already causing crowds of reckless tourists to hurry in the direction of the top 5 to find out for themselves. Not that they do not hurry in that direction on daily basis anyway:-)
With 154 cases of murder, manslaughter as well as grave bodily harm, followed by 354 cases of theft (reported ones, mind you), U-Bhf Alexanderplatz is a sure winner in all categories.
It is followed by “Kotti” or U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor (123 cases of violent crimes and 309 reported thefts), Görlitzer Bahnhof (121 violent crimes and 170 thefts) and by the “Bahnhof Zoo” or U-Bhf Zoologischer Garten. It should be mentioned, however, that the crimes, petty crimes and felonies taken into account while making this ranking involved both the stations themselves and their immediate surroundings.
As for my favourite Berlin U-Bahn station, Hallesches Tor, it scored low in the violent crimes category (sigh of relief) but if you do not wish to part with your belongings in a sudden or mysterious manner, you should either avoid changing here or hold on to your bag tight: U1/U6 Hallesches Tor counted 347 cases of reported theft in 2014.
Both Alexanderplatz and Hallesches Tor are big knots used by tens of thousands of people daily, particularly by those commuting to work, schools or the universities in the rush hours. And you know what they say: when people are in a hurry, the devil rubs his hands.
Well, at least that´s what we say in Poland;-)