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Crime in Santiago, Chile

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Crime Index: 46.81
Safety Index: 53.19

Crime rates in Santiago, Chile

Level of crime
52.50 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
55.13 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
53.95 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
53.29 Moderate
Worries car stolen
51.35 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
64.58 High
Worries attacked
36.18 Low
Worries being insulted
31.76 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
31.58 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
41.67 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
60.14 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
47.97 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
36.29 Low

 

Safety in Santiago, Chile

Safety walking alone during daylight
75.00 High
Safety walking alone during night
45.00 Moderate

Contributors: 40

Last update: December, 2014

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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15 Comments so far

#Jamie NZ on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hey there...

Just a heads up from New Zealand...

A convicted murdering paedophile has escaped from custody and has escaped to Chile on a false passport...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11355912

Please spread the word and be on the look-out...
#Chris on Nov 03, 2014 :
Can you imagine how many people has been stolen in the US..? Can you imagine they writting on a web page like this one, for example..? sometimes experience a few might suggest that an entire country is a dangerous place. Chile is safe for living during 365 days of year, more so if you are coming for a few weeks.
#Carolynn on Aug 08, 2014 :
I am a white North American woman living in Santiago, Chile and by using very basic safety precautions and being aware of my surroundings I literally feel safer here than I did while living in Chicago. Things happen, residential security is an issue and you should find a home with an electric fence and alarm system and USE IT, but its completely safe. I work in the local economy in a semi-lower income neighborhood and even there (as long as I'm being intelligent) I feel safe.

Be smart and get out there. People exaggerate.
#Emily on May 15, 2014 :
I have lived in Santiago for over a year and have no plans to leave. In many ways, it's a fantastic city with a booming economy and nice client. I really enjoy living here.

By far, my biggest worry here is theft. It is extremely prevalent and hard to persecute, especially on the pickpocket level. I feel more self-conscious as a woman, as it is basically unheard of to go out alone at night if you're a woman, and you can make an easy target on that front. It's a fairly homogenous and very Catholic society, so I do think ethnic and religious discrimination could easily arise. Gun and drug violence is not a big issue here- living in Los Angeles was way worse on that front.
#Anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 :
chile is a beautiful country especially the scenery in the south even in the north but I MUST SAY THAT THIS COUNTRY IS NOT A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE there are full of BURGLARY please be careful when you are travelling or trying to have a vacation in this country , and put bars in your house to protect you and your love ones .. they come in either day or night, BURGLARS HERE ARE VERY VULGAR AND AGRESSIVE. don't walk alone and don't be showy try to dress simple and without any jewelries in your body as much as possible ,don't carry video camera or anything showy that will trigger the burglar to attack you anytime, I have learned my lesson in here, all my houses have bars just to be safe, my house looks ugly this way I feel like im in a prison bars but hey its better to be safe than be sorry!! BE ALERT ANYTIME .. MAYBE IF YOU ARE WALKING ON THE STREET ITS BEST TO HAVE A DOG THAT CAN PROTECT YOU! IF YOU ARE A FOREIGNER FIRST TIME IN CHILE YOU MUST KNOW THAT THIS COUNTRY DOESNT SPEAK ENGLISH AT ALL EVEN THE POLICE SO LEARN A BASIC SPANISH AT LEAST BUT IF YOU REALLY DONT KNOW SPANISH AND YOU HAPPEN TO BE HERE IN CHILE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION JUST CALL 133 ITS A POLICE HELPLINE JUST SAY AYUDA POR FAVOR WHICH IS HELP PLEASE OR AYUDA UN LADRON WHICH MEANS HELP ROBBERY .. IM ASSUMING THA POLICEMEN WILL ALREADY UNDERSTAND
#Anonymous on Mar 13, 2014 :
chile is full of burglary im a foreigner robbed in my own house I was asleep when somebody broke inside the house without my knowledge
#joe on Feb 03, 2014 :
my wife and I were robbed when travelling with a rental car in Chile. We were 200 feet away from our vehicle when a couple drove up beside our rental, smashed window and took all our belongings including phones, computer and passports. Never leave belongings in a vehicle and trust no one...we were clearly targeted
#Sharon on Jan 24, 2014 :
I was mugged on the 20th Jan 2014 just outside the Grand Hyatt in Santiago. It was during the day and one of the first times that I was walking alone. Everyone says Chile is safe. Don't walk alone day or night.
You will be a target.
#Phil Hampton on Jan 03, 2014 :
I had my right rear tire shot out on Sunday morning around 09:30 a.m.20 minutes from the airport.
Took a while for the self sealing tire to go down. John Doe acted like he wanted to help and when I was not looking took my brief case including my Pass port and truck keys parked back in the USA.

I did not see the bullet hole until the car was completely jacked up and the wrinkles came out.
The shot which I heard did not sound right while going 110 km with the windows rolled up.
The tire was shot out at 110 km in day light & Nations election day on the only major highway #5 north.

Be careful ! US embassy was GREAT I had a passport in 3 hours the next day.
#gringo on Nov 23, 2013 :
I was robbed, treated poorly because i was born in the us and forced to take part in a goverment backed heathcare system against my will. I am a tax payer living in NC and this is my own contry. OBAMA DID THIS TO US.
#BILL STEWART on Oct 03, 2013 :
I've laso been to Chile, and my research shows it is one of the safest and best countries in Latin America.
#Devorah on Jun 28, 2013 :
When traveling in Chile we were robbed. We were riding on a top of the line bus and had put our backpack and computer case on the overhead carrier. It was an overnight bus. And we fell asleep and when we woke up I went to get my backpack and it was gone and so was my husbands computer and his important documents. We were the only ones robbed on the bus. We don't look like rich Americans. My husband is from Argentina and I am Latina from America. SO everything was gone. My passport and wallet and cell phone etc. We had to go 800 miles back to get a new passport and return so 1600 more miles after this horrible tragedy. I could not leave the country with no ID. So NEVER LEAVE your money or passport off your immediate possession when traveling!!! IN spite of what happened I still like Chile.
#Aaron Patch on May 05, 2013 :
Hi, I would like to warn people that Santiago is not a particularly safe city. I was drugged while out having dinner and drinks with friends in Bella vista area. I was then robbed of my possessions that I was carrying and left unconscious in the street. I woke up the next morning in Hospital with facial injuries and a broken front tooth. Probably the worst experience of my life. Please be careful when travellers.
Nick.
Australia.
#Florencia on Mar 05, 2013 :
I'm chilean, and i have been traveling around a lot of countries and i must say that Chile isn't dangerous at all for tourists, i answered the questions, and i must say that, things like being "attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion" doesn't happen a lot here.

My advice, if you come here, watch for your expensive things: like if you have a gold watch and leave it in the hotel, or if you leave your camera unattended while traveling, yes, somebody MAY take them. Now, being assault, with a gun or a knife it's extremely rare. In my 20 years, i have never experienced such a thing, nor have people i know.


#Captainsursea on Nov 16, 2011 :
We are United States od America citizens living in Chile.

My wife and I retired to Chile because it is one of the safest countries in Latin America. Also, it is one of the most politically, economically and socially stable and progressive society in South America.

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