The UN reports that you are less likely to get murdered in Croatia than the UK.
The Balkan area is, surprisingly, one of the safest in Europe. The report Crime and its Impact on the Balkans by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) belies enduring stereotypes of the region as a hotbed of organized crime and violence. People are as safe, or safer, on the streets and in their homes as they are in most parts of the world.
Released today, the study concludes that the Balkans have become a low-crime region after the decade-long turmoil that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia…
… In fact, regional murder rates fell by almost a half from 2185 in 1998 to 1130 in 2006. Or consider these trends in violent crime: Albania’s 2002 murder rate of six per 100,000 was about the same as the United States while Croatia had a lower murder rate than the United Kingdom. Romania was safer than Finland or Switzerland.
If we look at property crime, Western Europe has twice the rate of burglary and fifteen times as much robbery as South-East Europe”
There’s a debate on the Daily Mail discussion board about what the cause of one of the problems in the UK – knife crime – and the opinions there are mostly in favour of using the full force of the law to deter people. Which sounds logical, but in my opinion is putting the deterrent too late in the process. Better would be to focus on the upbringing of children before they come into conflict with the law.