Short-break tourists see York as the world's safest city with Cairo the most risky, according to a survey.

Of 42 world towns, Bath, Edinburgh and Brighton were also considered particularly safe, while Bangkok, Istanbul and Marrakech were, after Cairo, the cities deemed least safe.

From Post Office Travel Insurance, the survey of 2,075 UK adults showed that 72% felt York was safe with only 1% considering the Yorkshire city risky, and 26% having no view.

Second in the table was Bath with 69% saying it was safe and only 2% regarding it as risky. Edinburgh also had a 69% safe rating, with 3% reckoning the Scottish capital was a risky destination.

A total of 62% saw Brighton as safe and 6% thought the Sussex seaside town was risky.

Of the eight UK and Ireland destinations in the survey, the least-safe was Belfast with only 37% deeming it safe. But although 53% reckoned Manchester was safe, 20% thought the north-west England city was risky - a higher figure that that for Belfast (19%).

Least-safe city among the 42 was Cairo, with 56% seeing the Egyptian city as risky and only 7% saying it was safe. The risky figure for Bangkok was 47%, with Istanbul 39% and Marrakech 35%.

A stolen wallet (24%) was the most common occurrence for those who had had problems in cities.

As many as 26% felt they had been ripped off on city visits, with this figure rising to 43% among those aged 18-24.

These were the 10 "safest" destinations (excluding the percentage of people who were "don't knows"):

Destination Safe Risky
York 72% 1%
Bath 69% 2%
Edinburgh 69% 3%
Brighton 62% 6%
Venice 59% 4%
Vienna 58% 2%
Dublin 58% 6%
Florence 56% 3%
Stockholm 56% 3%
Copenhagen 54% 3%

Of the other UK cities surveyed, 58% of respondents considered London a safe destination, but 16% though it risky. Manchester was considered safe by 53% of tourists but risky by 20%, while Belfast was only thought safe by 37% of tourists: 19% saw it as a risky destination.

Kate McMullen, head of Visit York, said: "Our visitors tell us they feel safe in York. It's a compact city which means you can easily walk everywhere, it has a lively feel and there's always something going on, be it an annual festival, the local Shambles market or live outdoor music and our shops are open every day too.

"With more than 30 visitor attractions, as well as a vibrant events and festivals programme, York appeals to all age groups as well as families.

"All of this, as well as our warm Yorkshire welcome, make York one of the UK's most popular visitor destinations."

Egyptian State Tourist Office director Omayma El Husseini said: "Although there has been a lot going on in Cairo recently, I hope it is going to be safer in the very near future.

"I would like to see it be safe for tourists and I'm sure it is going to be back as a safe tourist destination, but I also think the media have thrown this way, way beyond reality."