Always taking as source the website viaggiaresicuri.it, the security status compared with the Italian one does not raise particular concerns, although no country is immune to risks.
As regards petty crime and criminality, we must follow the same rules of caution that would follow in Italy. Do not flaunt precious jewels, do not leave valuables in your car, do not face long open road in luxury cars and during the night, are ordinary common sense attitudes. There are no statistics or specific surveys for expatriate pensioners, but many interviews to TV and newspapers show a favorable perception of security, particularly in the case of the Canary Islands which are described as extremely safe. The Foreign Ministry noted that these countries share with the rest of Europe the risk of being exposed to international terrorism.
The impressions are useful, but it is important to have a more objective measurement on the amount of crimes divided by country and by type. Let us examine the data collected in 2012 by Eurostat, the European statistical office, and UNODC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and processed by the magazine "L'Espresso" in an article of the year 2014: "Europe seen with the eyes of the crime". As always when we are in presence of statistics, let's use very carefully: a greater number of reported crimes may indicate greater delinquency but also greater investigative capacity and repressive police or a greater propensity to complaints by the population.
Given this premise, we see that Italy is in 12th place, with 1,158 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. More specifically, in 10 years they have increased by 34% theft in dwelling (406 offenses) and +27% violent crimes (248 offenses). This sad list says that Italy is higher than Spain (900 offenses), Portugal (853 offenses) and especially Bulgaria (433), Slovenia (410), Poland (337) and Romania (151).
From the standpoint of physical security, the seismic risk can be assessed starting from the map drawn by SHARE, an international project funded by the European Community.
The map shows that the south-east region of Europe is at greater risk of earthquakes. Not taking into consideration the geographical area of maximum risk between Greece and Turkey, the countries to watch out are Italy, Slovenia and Romania, as correctly pointed out by viaggiaresicuri.it site.
In these same countries it is good to pay attention, especially during the winter, to climate and hydrological factors related to rain, fog and snow.
Many other factors can affect the safety and each country has its own peculiarities, so we suggest to read carefully the points highlighted by the site. Just for example, we find that in Portugal "the guidance, especially in large urban centers, requires a lot of attention because of the strict observance of road signs (also horizontal)".