How Safe is Kefalonia?
Kefalonia, like the rest of Greece, is one of the safest destinations in Europe and has a very low crime rate, not to mention the reputation of the people themselves for scrupulous honesty. Oftentimes you’ll find that if you leave your possessions unattended on the beach or in a café they will be safe and still there when you get back. However, as with all areas that tourists gather there will inevitably be those who seek to profit from petty crime so it pays to keep an eye on your stuff and use all the usual sensible precautions. The most obvious places to be careful are in the busiest resorts and towns but in Kefalonia the crime rate is exceptionally low even in these areas. If you are staying in a hotel there will be a safety deposit box available for you to use (for a very small charge) so it is worth storing your valuables in this.
Traffic is not too much of a worry in Kefalonia apart from in the towns where, as with many places in Greece, it can sometimes appear a little hectic to the uninitiated. Greece itself has a terrible traffic accident rate but thankfully Kefalonians seems to be just that bit more relaxed and laid back. Additionally the streets can be a little dimly lit at night and the pavements uneven so care is needed when driving. Outside of the towns the only problems you will encounter will be the roads that wind somewhat precariously around the hills and mountains and those that are only manageable in a 4 x 4 vehicle. Bear in mind that driving is on the right hand side of the road in Kefalonia and the speed limit is 30 miles an hour in a built up area and 50 miles per hour anywhere else. Seatbelts are also mandatory.
Because crime is so low you’ll see very few police on the island – they keep out of the way unless they are really needed. However if you do have anything go missing you’ll need to register with them for any insurance claims. If so, try and get an interpreter to go with you.