Is Waterloo Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Waterloo, Belgium
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 87 / 100 based on 3 user reviews.

Waterloo is a municipality in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium.

It is northeast of the larger town of Braine-l’Alleud, which is the site of the Battle of Waterloo, where the resurgent Napoleon was defeated for the final time in 1815.

Travelers come here to see Lion’s Mound – The lion on the mound.

The Lion’s Mound is a monument to the casualties of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, located on the spot where a musket ball hit the shoulder of William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) and knocked him from his horse during the battle.

Other interesting places in that area are Wellington’s museum, Solvay Castle, Sonian Forest.

Warnings & Dangers in Waterloo

Overall Risk


Traveling to Waterloo is very safe, but tourists should be alert, not to carry a lot of cash, close cars if they rent them and be careful in crowded places.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is safe for travelers. But don't forget to watch your pockets. Taxi is a secure and convenient way to get around.

Pickpockets Risk


The risk of pickpockets is medium in Waterloo. It may occur on tourist attractions if you leave your belongings unattended or do not keep an eye on your pockets.

Natural Disasters Risk


The risk of natural disasters is low here, but fires, landslides, and floods due to earthquakes are possible.

Mugging Risk


Travelers may become a victim of a robbery on streets if they appear at late night in the city. Be careful while walking by the city late at night. But it is rare to occur.

Terrorism Risk


The risk of terrorism is quite high, as it happens in the country. To avoid getting in troubles check the surroundings and the news sources before you travel to the city.

Scams Risk


Usually, scams are not common here, but you should be watchful. Buy tickets to museums and attractions only in trusted locations. Be careful with those who offer you dubious tours or tickets on the streets.

Women Travelers Risk


For women traveling alone in Waterloo, it's a safe place. Just use common sense when you are out in the street.

So... How Safe Is Waterloo Really?

Mostly, Belgium is a safe place to travel.

Waterloo is a very safe place with a very low index of crime.

However, burglaries are happening.

Travelers shouldn’t leave their belongings unattended and be cautioned in crowded places.

Make sure to hide your pin code and put the money away quickly so people don’t see what you have.

You should also be careful if you are hitchhiking.

This may not be safe.

There are cases of robbery of tourists in touristic places, but you should feel free to ask for help from the police – the work very well here and quickly respond to incidents.

Waterloo is a beautiful and historical place to travel however it pays to be on alert even here.

Terrorism in the country rises in lust years.

While traveling here, tourists are required to carry identification at all times, because police officers have the right to check your identity at any time.

There are increased security checks in place at international airports and major train stations now.

Despite these facts, in Waterloo, you will not feel uncomfortable.

The place is quite calm and crimes rarely occur here.

Just have common sense and watch your belongings.

Especially valuable items are better to leave in the hotel safe.

How Does Waterloo Compare?

CitySafety Index
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61
Niagara Falls (Canada)87

Useful Information



You need to have a valid passport to travel to Belgium. For stays that are 90 days or shorter, visas are not required. For longer stays, you will need to obtain a visa from the Belgium Embassy, unless you have Schengen.



The Euro is the official currency for Belgium. A sign is €; code: EUR. The euro is divided into 100 euro cents.



The best times to visit Waterloo for ideal weather are from the end of May to mid-October. The average temperatures in Waterloo vary greatly. Temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year.



The nearest to Waterloo airport is Brussels Airport. This airport has international flights from Brussels, Belgium and is 26 km from the center of Waterloo.

Travel Insurance

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Waterloo Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 4° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 7° C
Apr 10° C
May 14° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 15° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 4° C
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3 Reviews on Waterloo

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    Jenna F. says:

    Beautiful city!

    I like to travel on my own to experience different parts of the world for myself. Having gone to Waterloo several times now, I can tell you it is the safest city in Belgium. I never once felt I was at risk of anything at all. I am an experienced traveler however so others may feel different. The city is beautiful and well worth visiting if you enjoy traveling.

  2. Waterloo Battlefield

    My husband really wanted to see the Waterloo Battlefield, I think if you have a relative who is a history buff then they will want to see this too. We also got to see the Lion’s Mound! If you have the time in Belgium, then yes Waterloo could be added on to your list.

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    Phoebe Matthews says:

    French Film

    For someone who just understood a bit of conversational French, we found ourselves in the Cinema showing a French film. Well, I guess I understood the context of the story through the visuals! Ha ha ha. The church that we visited had a lot of plaques commemorating the officers during the Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo Rated 4.33 / 5 based on 3 user reviews.

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