Crime in Cebu, Philippines

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Crime rates in Cebu, Philippines

Level of crime
55.21 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
60.20 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
52.55 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
52.08 Moderate
Worries car stolen
36.98 Low
Worries things from car stolen
45.65 Moderate
Worries attacked
47.96 Moderate
Worries being insulted
38.54 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
33.33 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
59.38 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
54.17 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
51.02 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
68.62 High

Safety in Cebu, Philippines

Safety walking alone during daylight
70.92 High
Safety walking alone during night
41.84 Moderate

Contributors: 49

Last update: November, 2015

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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21 Comments so far
#Michael on Jun 20, 2015 :
Look, I have been to the place but you have to be careful. I just go for that sweet pussy anyway!
#walter h on Jun 14, 2015 :
my future wife lives in ozamiz as a American how safe would I be there
#Robert Hub on Jun 13, 2015 :
I'm from Germany. Cebu City is definitely one of the best places in the Philippines. I've tried walking at night in downtown and uptown areas, I've never had encountered any bad experiences. I've seen a lot of call center agents going to work at night and some are partying. The party starts at 1 midnight. Just don't stray away too far from the City.

Cebu City has also been titled as one of the most livable Cities in the Philippines. Well, your vacation wouldn't be completed if you don't visit Cebu. Cebu City is where the History of the Philippines started.
#RObe on May 10, 2015 :
hahah , i laugh on this numbeo report this is safe place lol its dangerous then hell . haha
#joseph on May 07, 2015 :
I love the people in cebu .they always make you feel welcome i am married to a Filipino woman for almost 2 years ..i think they are funny the way they drive cars ,,,i live in NY.i love when you go to a government office and they show there faith in god with pictures ..i the USA they don't do that
#Bill on May 06, 2015 :
Cebu city is full of scammers, thieves, prostitutes and obnoxious ladyboys. Petty crime is everywhere - pickpockets are a plague. There are also many gangs, they carry guns, and they will rob you. Do NOT take a jeepney at night or walk on the streets unless you enjoy being robbed at gunpoint.
#Anonymous on Feb 10, 2015 :
what a ahole foreign ahole if you dont like here in cebu,, dont be here just stay in your country,, we dont want your country also,,,
#Don C. on Jan 26, 2015 :
Robert, I don't know where you get your information. But in 17 years of going to Cebu and moving there last year, I have never seem a person getting mugged or people selling drugs in the open. And I have never heard of an American getting mugged in Cebu.

Maybe you can live there for a few months before you decide. I don't believe you can live here, unless you have a business or are married to a filipina. I think the police are very good here and would take action, if something happened to you.
#Don C. on Jan 26, 2015 :
Hey mwalim2002 , I am not sure what to tell you, ,but I will share this. I am also black American. I have been married to my filipina wife for 17 years this March. I feel much more safe walking and living in Cebu then living in California. We just build a nice house to live and raise our 2 children. There is crime all over the world. But I have never had a problem in the Philippines or in Cebu. I will retire there in Cebu. I am not sure why you married your wife, then tried to get a visa. You should of got the visa first, my visa was approved in about 8 weeks and the gov't gave us 30 days to marry in the US. My wife is now a US citizen.

Don't pay attention to all the negative comments. Good-luck
#Korhan A. on Jan 20, 2015 :
my 27 years old nephew shut by robbers in the afternoon just for 8000 pesos in Cebu and died.
this city is getting more and more dnagerous because there is no goverment authotority by the police ,people carry gun freely and corruption helps the rebels...
#Rik on Jan 13, 2015 :
I have been to Cebu and Manila many times. Although every city has its good and bad neibouhoods,as a foreigner, I generaly feel safer in Manila(Makati) then Cebu. Cebuanos are nasty arrogant people and all they want is your money. They will befriend you just to find an opportunity to rip you off.

I have many stories that would take too long to explain here.

Anyways there is nothing to do oe see in CC...its a shithole!

Stay well clear of Cebu City!
#tommy on Jan 05, 2015 :
wow looks like a nice place but what I've read about the crime will keep me from going there.
#Solitario Santiago on Nov 21, 2014 :
Cebu has to catch up fast to the rapid growth it is now facing. The heavy migration from other cities and towns nearby, the tourism growth. There must be drastic measures to be done to curb the alarmingly increase of crime index. Worst, the traffic is now competing with Manila. Making business growth as one of the factors for traffic is lame.
#Johnson on Nov 06, 2014 :
Cebu is really going downhill fast as far as a foreign destination for tourism. Tourism will never grow in Cebu unless changes are made and people feel safe. People are aware of the tremendous amount of crime and corruption and the news spreading throughout the world. Everyday someone is killed and the amount of robberies being committed. The police and government need to eliminate these problems and make the people visiting feel safe!
#Ed on Oct 11, 2014 :
Whatever you do, do NOT move to Cebu. The locals are terrible and the police are basically a state sanctioned mafia. It is dangerous to go out at night and even in the daytime you have to keep an eye out for pickpockets and thieves. I have lived in Cebu for almost 5 years for my work. My best advice for anyone considering to move here is to reconsider. Don't be fooled by all the local people saying that Cebuanos are the friendliest people on Earth. If you are a tourist, they will do everything in their power to take as much of your money as possible. If you aren't a tourist, they get angry when their scams don't work on you. It is not more fun in The Philippines and anybody who says otherwise is a liar.
#mwalim2002 on Oct 07, 2014 :
My wife is born, raised and still lives in Cebu City. She mentioned that she would like for me to live in her country until she gets her visa (which has been a 2 year process in spite of the fact we were married in USA.) I met her there and, as an American, I was shocked to see so many young people without jobs! As a result, I am very hesitant to live there because of the crime rate. I am an African-American and I would look like the last pork chop in a boarding house! Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
#username on Aug 23, 2014 :
my hometown cebu city is a nice place to stay a simple city yet highly urbanized and convenient, but i have to admit frequent crimes relating to thief on property is a frustrating issue, experienced car stereo and etc stolen before.
#Micheel on Jun 12, 2014 :
I have lived in some parts of the Philippines for 2 years. The further North u go the better the people are. If u go to the south Philippines do not feel u are not going to be confronted if u are there for a period of time. Just be very careful. The corruption is PESO if u have u get if not u not get. No law do to the corruption of the country. U live is only worth peso so always remember this. Most places are safe as long as u stay away from most of the night life. Different story when u go out at night to these places. Most are so so. Many are bad do to the women for sale in all places. Over all leave along and u will be left alone. If u want a business u pay to keep it do to it is necessary to stay alive. Never get big business stay small do to u have to pay all the time for duty if u are big business. They are trying to stop this but u have to start from the top and work down to get ride of all the mess. Can not be done. Look at elections who dies each year when they run for elections. Always the winners are the ones that mess up a beautiful country that could be a great one. Over all not to bad do to the good people that just want to live from day to day
#Robert Francis on Apr 17, 2014 :
Greetings kabayan's
Like any place, be street smart.
Remember for the lack of work in RP
The crime rate could be worse then it is.
Keeping in mind if you are a Americana,
Or not from The Philippines.
Most times if a cab driver is demanding
for you to hire him, observe him, if he is edgy
Feet tapping, etc. shabu is a # 01 substance
Widely used. Most cabbies work around the clock and they don't drink coffee?
So some work and get caught up in a catch 22.
Even children are street smart at a very young age, and rub there tummy and say gutom.
Makes you feel sad, but be careful always, no matter were you are in the world.
Other then that, relax and enjoy a java at Bo's!
#Robert on Jan 02, 2014 :
my name is Robert I've been thinking about coming to Cebu Philippines to stay for good. getting a house and starting a business. I see there's a problem with corruption people getting mugged in broad daylight and people selling drugs. but the other crime is very minimal. my concern is I hope the police is very efficient when things do happen like that and clean up Cebu. or let the military do it
#Conor on Aug 04, 2013 :
I have been to Cebu many times - just watch out for human trafficking even boys in the early teens can abuse

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