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Iran is one of the most secure countries in Middle East and Caucasus. in some cases, Iran is even safer than some famous touristic countries like USA or Russia or India. For example, you can see global murder rates HERE and crime rates HERE and Iran is not even in the list of dangerous countries for sexual harassment.

Because Iran neighbors Afghanistan which is the number one drug producer of the world, and since most of these drugs must be carried to Europe by large international drug trafficking cartels, Iran became the main route for transferring drugs to Europe and sadly it has cost Iran and Iranians a great deal; during these years many Iranian police men have lost their lives fighting drug dealers and the government has invested huge amounts of money to make the roads more and more dangerous for these criminals, nowadays they can’t operate as they did in the past and if you travel to cities near Afghanistan you can see thousands of police men who are maintaining road security and it has been nearly 8 years since no more safety problem caused by drug traffickers has happened inside Iran.

But nowadays due to lack of reliable safety in Pakistan and southern Afghanistan because of Taliban, we recommend you to stay away from Pakistani border and border areas near southern Afghanistan.

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You should heard about ISIS that attacked Iraq some years ago, fortunately they are far away from iran border but we recommend to you that stay away from north borders of Iraq for your safety .

We prepared a map for places that we recommend you do not travel there inside iran.

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Iranian Security Forces

In iran mandatory military service lasts for 2 years for boys after 18 years old but for those who continue their education postpones for after finishing their education, so it means many personnel of Iranian army forces are young boys who are just inside military service and are not military experts, Iranian army forces have expert forces too that maybe you never see them inside cities.

Iranian army forces are under command of iran supreme leader , Iranian army forces are divided by 3 groups , Military Sepah and Police which normally supreme leader gives police command to minister of interior for four years and after presidential election he gave it again till next election.

Police

As any other country iran has police force for controlling several cases safety like crimes, drug dealers, driving, rebels and etc.

Previously Iranian police was so old with poor cars and no modern equipment but from 15 years ago police chief changed and new chief started to reform police forces so they bought new cars (Mercedes, Renault, Toyota, Peugeot) and speed cameras, thousands of security cameras and diverse and wide range of modern equipment for police force then he increased police salary.Nowadays iran police force is rich and expert and some new branches born like special forces and IT police.

As a tourist you will see just anti criminal police forces and driving police

• Anti-Criminal police

This police department is responsible for stopping any crime, investigating about crimes that happened or maybe happens and helping civilians for any criminal cases, they can’t charge for driving and cannot take any money from people and in any case they have to show their identity card to you.

They have many stations in each city to maintain security of cities, for example in Tehran more than 80 main police stations and many mobile police stations are performing.

Cars their cars are white and green

Clothes Black shoes, Dark green pants, light green shirt, dark green cap

Responsibilities Prevention and fight against any crimes in cities, stations, airports and roads

When and how to ask help? In any case and anywhere that you felt unsafe you can call them by number 110 and ask for help

In case of meeting them they don’t bother you when you don’t need them, sometimes maybe they need to check passport or ask you where are you going or just they are curious as a person that where are you from but mostly they don’t bother you but in any case that you felt annoyed you can call 197 for complaining of them

• Driving police

They are just responsible of driving safety , they charge drivers when they break rules , you can see them in roads and streets and crossroads , if they see or feel any abnormal people like drugged or drunk drivers they ask from anti-crime police to arrest driver.

Cars their cars are white and green

Clothes Black shoes, Dark green pants, light green shirt, dark green cap

Responsibilities Prevention and fight against any crimes in cities, stations, airports and roads

When and how to ask help? In any case and anywhere that you felt unsafe you can call them by number 110 and ask for help

In case of meeting them they don’t bother you when you don’t need them, sometimes maybe they need to check passport or ask you where are you going or just they are curious as a person that where are you from but mostly they don’t bother you but in any case that you felt annoyed you can call 197 for complaining of them

• Road Police

This police is a division of driving police that controls intercity roads for safety of driving, they use speed cameras and GPS systems for buses to control all vehicles inside roads, they have several stations inside roads, with their hard working nowadays Iran roads are so safe and most cars obey rules.

Cars their cars are white and green

Clothes Black shoes, Dark green pants, light green shirt, dark green cap

Responsibilities Prevention and fight against any crimes in cities, stations, airports and roads

When and how to ask help? In any case and anywhere that you felt unsafe you can call them by number 110 and ask for help

In case of meeting them they don’t bother you when you don’t need them, sometimes maybe they need to check passport or ask you where are you going or just they are curious as a person that where are you from but mostly they don’t bother you but in any case that you felt annoyed you can call 197 for complaining of them

Military

Like all countries Iran has military that is divided to separate unites like air force, Navy and ground forces.

They have many garrisons inside Iran and even inside cities but as any other country military has no responsibility inside cities and roads and with citizens , their responsibility is just protecting country from attacks of enemies and helping people in bad disasters.

Maybe you see their personnel inside city with their uniforms but actually they are not military forces who are walking in cities, as we mentioned before many of military personnel are people who are at military service, so they have to go to garrisons at 6 am and they will come back to their homes near 3 pm to 6 pm so because they are tired and have no time to change their uniforms you can see them in their uniforms inside city. None of them have any responsibility to ask anything about citizens or use their uniforms for any job, so they are just ordinary boys who are going to garrisons or coming back from there.

Cars they can have any type of cars but their license plate are like this

Clothes their uniforms are various based on unites they are working so we will put some images from some common uniforms of them

Responsibilities Prevention and fight against any crimes in cities, stations, airports and roads

When and how to ask help? In any case and anywhere that you felt unsafe you can call them by number 110 and ask for help

In case of meeting them they don’t bother you when you don’t need them, sometimes maybe they need to check passport or ask you where are you going or just they are curious as a person that where are you from but mostly they don’t bother you but in any case that you felt annoyed you can call 197 for complaining of them

Sepah

In Persian Sepah means army, during Iran-Iraq war after Iraq attacked Iran military was so weak because it was after Iran revolution so an army from volunteer warriors gathered together to help military and fight against Iraq, after that they called this army Sepah.

After years Sepah got bigger and bigger and became more powerful even than military and nowadays Sepah is one of the most powerful forces in Middle East.

Like military they have many soldiers that are boys who are at military service that their common uniforms are like these images

Cars they can have any type of cars but their license plate are like this

Clothes their uniforms are various based on unites they are working so we will put some images from some common uniforms of them

Responsibilities Prevention and fight against any crimes in cities, stations, airports and roads

When and how to ask help? In any case and anywhere that you felt unsafe you can call them by number 110 and ask for help

In case of meeting them they don’t bother you when you don’t need them, sometimes maybe they need to check passport or ask you where are you going or just they are curious as a person that where are you from but mostly they don’t bother you but in any case that you felt annoyed you can call 197 for complaining of them