MUMBAI

Stay Safe

Safety in Mumbai

Stay Safe

Violent crime in Mumbai is more or less like any other large Indian city.

As with any foreign city, it is best to err on the side of safety and act according to your local environment. Here are a few basic safety tips:

  • Keep your money and credit cards safe at all times. Always carry some cash as many places won't take cards.
  • Do not display ₹500 and ₹1000 notes in public.
  • Beware of pickpockets on buses and trains. Do not put your wallet or other valuables in outside pockets of your bag, such that someone may be able to slip it out without your noticing.
  • Also beware of mobile, chain, or bag snatchers who operate in densely populated places, such as railway stations, busy roads, and traffic signals.
  • Women traveling by train, especially on off-peak routes should travel in the second class where at least a few co-passengers are also found.
  • Women (especially Westerners) should avoid crowded places, you might well get groped. Cases of men pinching or touching women are common in crowded public places, including nicer nightspots. Create a scene if this does happen to you, there will be enough people around that will come to your defence. In general, in Mumbai, if you are ever worried about your safety, make a loud scene. It is an extremely crowded city, and somebody is always around and willing to help.
  • Women should never ever take lifts from strangers. Western women tourists should note that if they visit a disco or pub in Mumbai or India, don't take lifts or even get too friendly with strangers. You will almost certainly get conned, if not worse. Many Indian men presume that if you're foreign you must be easy.
  • Don't ever let an auto or taxi you are traveling in pick up any more people, or pull over before your final destination.
  • Police can sometimes be almost as shady as criminals in Mumbai. At night, women should ensure if they are ever stopped by police, there needs to be a female police officer present or they are well within their rights in demanding the presence of a woman cop.
  • Think twice about eating food that has not been thoroughly heated. This may be especially true if you're eating street food.

Emergency numbers

Mumbai Police

  • Mumbai Police Control Room,  100
  • Police Infoline,  1090
  • D. G. Control,  +91 22 22026636
  • Mumbai Police Head Quarter,  +91 22 22625020
  • North Control,  +91 22 28854643
  • East Control,  +91 22 25233588
  • West Control,  +91 22 26457900
  • South Div., +91 22 23089855
  • Central Div,  +91 22 23750909
  • Traffic Control,  +91 22 24937746
  • Traffic Helpline,  +91 22 30403040

Railways

  • Churchgate,  +91 22 22017420
  • C.S.T,  22622685
  • Central Rly. C.S.T.,  +91 22 22620173
  • Western Rly. Central,  +91 22 23070197

Airport

  • Santacruz Airport,  +91 22 26156600
  • Sahar Terminal (NIPTC),  +91 22 26829000
  • Indian Airlines Enquiry,  +91 22 26168000
  • Air India Enquiry,  +91 22 22796666

Air Ambulance

  • Domestic/International,  +91 9821150889 

Fire Station,  101, +91 22 23076111/23086181/2306112/13

Coast Guard, +91 22 24376133, +91 22 24371932


Stay healthy

  • Food As elsewhere in India, be careful with what you eat. Outside of major tourist hotels and restaurants, stay away from raw leafy vegetables, egg-based dressings like mayonnaise and minced meat are particularly risky. In short, stick to boiled, baked, fried, or peeled goods.
  • Water Opinions on tap water vary, but most visitors choose to stick to the bottled stuff. Large bottles of water can be purchased at a very low cost. One note of caution, when buying water from street vendors, make sure the lid is sealed, there have been cases of bottles being filled with tap water, and sold as new.
  • Fitness Numerous fitness centers exist throughout the city. Many exercise facilities and spas offer 24 hour memberships for visitors, and are a popular way to unwind after a long day of touring in Mumbai.
  • Smog can reach unhealthful levels, especially during the dry season. This, coupled with the summer heat and humidity can make spending time outdoors quite unpleasant.

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