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Crime in Manila, Philippines

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Crime Index: 67.42
Safety Index: 32.58

Crime rates in Manila, Philippines

Level of crime
77.73
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
69.30
Worries home broken and things stolen
68.64
Worries being mugged or robbed
74.09
Worries car stolen
67.79
Worries things from car stolen
68.87
Worries attacked
66.51
Worries being insulted
47.64
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
31.60
Problem people using or dealing drugs
67.45
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
75.00
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
76.39
Problem corruption and bribery
83.17

 

Safety in Manila, Philippines

Safety walking alone during daylight
50.89
Safety walking alone during night
22.27

Contributors: 57

Last update: April, 2014

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 2 years.

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

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22 Comments so far

#Juan on Feb 21, 2014 :
Just being white is dangerous in the Philippines, as many Filipinos think all white men are wealthy. Although the nicest people in the world come from the Philippines, there is a high percentage of the population that have a very low mentality, plus they are starving for anything they can get. The population of the Philippines is also insane, the government should be doing more about birth control and get the Catholic church out of government affairs.
#Skychurch on Jan 16, 2014 :
Philippines now is a mess. Robbers everywhere, Police nowhere. These robbers thinks that police don't have any offensive strategy to neutralize them that is why they are free to roam anywhere in metro manila to rob, steal, carjack, rape and other evil deeds.
#cp on Jan 09, 2014 :
I was in Manila with my Fiance who is Filipino and had no problems. We even went locally, but never at night
#Anonymous on Jan 02, 2014 :
We've lost around 400k in the previous year of 2008 and another 400k in this year of 2013.. their organized crimes here and private army, which is not petty crimes. and since the president was elected there are more crimes now than before.
#Anonymous on Jan 02, 2014 :
and for those who thinks they have never been robbed before here, in the future you will be, we have never been robbed before till this christmas , which they are desperate enuff to robb on christmas seasons, (that means you will be robbed in any future), i came here because i havent been robbed before trusting that im living in philippines is safe but i experienced it finally, so eventually you will be robbed just not now by staying in the philippines.
#Dickson Dane Li on Jan 02, 2014 :
It's now time for us to buy guns like in texas, you have the right to protect yourself. freakin shotgun to disassemble those crooks face, or a gloc-9 thru their head, they dont have right to own you.
#Dickson Dane Li on Jan 02, 2014 :
Philippines is a theft country almost anywhere you go, we got broken in our shop and our home tied us up, and also stole cctv's cameras, and stole our cars side mirrors left and right, also they somewhat like tresspassin on anyones lot, its not time to buy a gun here, and protect yourself if anyone tresspasses will be shot on sight, and put a sign if someone tresspasses you will be shot on sight.
##Virus on Dec 26, 2013 :
I myself came from Philippines and not because I want to turn my country down, but honestly crime rate are too high to manage. Recently, my mother was been robbed and killed inside our ancestral house and the police are all over but in order for them to investigate you need to give some money for the police vehicle fuel. Its really funny and I think the government has to do something to prevent corruption. My suggestion is to implement the law more and perhaps the benefits of the police need to take a look by the government. Until now the case of my mother is still with the prosecutors office, and we are still waiting. Ironically, if you are going to compare laws between the Philippines and in example UAE. In the Philippines people are afraid of the police because they have guns but in UAE look at the police they only bring a stick but people don't commit crime its because they are afraid of the law and these things should be considered by Philippine government. Have a nice day everyone
#jake on Aug 24, 2013 :
If you are not a good person all manileƱo can kill you
But if you are a good guy 100% you are safe here in manila.
#Anonymous on Aug 12, 2013 :
If you have street smarts you'll do fine. Avoid being in crowded areas like Divisoria as they're prone to pickpocketing. Scams are pretty obvious. Don't go alone in the dark especially if the area is scattered with shady guys and drunkards. Not all beggars are beggars, some have accomplices waiting around. Bribing for traffic crimes are common. Take note of the Taxi meter. Source: I'm a Filipino and that's what I observed. But really it's safe if you know how to avoid.
#alex on Aug 02, 2013 :
its true there is crime in the philippines like any other country, but i myself have been to the philippines 12 times from manila to cebu to davao and on and on , and i can honestly say that ive never had any real bother about the obvious little cons from people who like to do you out of a few pesos , these people think there clever but there not even good thieves you know its happening, however for the sake of a few pence its not a big issue, i still got to the philippines twice a yeasr so dont let anybody put you off from travelling there its safer than most cities in uk.
#chababs on Jul 06, 2013 :
ohhhh manila is where i live and i have never been robbed
#John on Jun 04, 2013 :
I've lived here in Manila for 8 years now. I have personally never been robbed. I don't hang out in Ermita, which is a noted high crime area. A money changing place tried the "money counting, pull bills back trick" scam on us early on.

I have been driving for 7 years now. I, too, have taxi horror stories. If you insist on calling the police, the taxi driver will back off. The police will take hours of the taxi drivers time (and yours also). They are also bigger thieves than the taxi drivers. You can insist on going through the local Barangay system over a civil dispute. You will have 3 meetings over a month period. You, of course, will be long gone before the third meeting. (You are required to go only to the last meeting, if you want to settle). Then the problem will go to court for 5 to 20 years.

Ironically, my wife and I were obvious tourists in Cebu recently. Not once did a taxi driver try to cheat us there.

BTY, the police in Ermita get payoffs from the criminals, so you can find your stolen property at the police station, if you hurry. One woman caught the Ermita police and criminals dividing her stolen property.

When you get in a taxi, take a picture of the information and (on the sly) the taxi driver. That is good protection. A taxi driver can get his driver's license suspended for two months for refusing to take you (and on the meter) somewhere.



#Bryan on Apr 30, 2013 :
I feel safer walking in the central entertainment areas of Manila (Makati, Bonifacio Global City) than I do in ANY western capital. No binge-drinking local thugs, plenty of lighting, great service in restaurants etc. Don't believe the negative comments till you've visited there. And don't be stupid and go to the poor, high-crime areas.
#muz on Apr 21, 2013 :
the ppl in manila are stupid and useless rude and total scammers, i would never tell anyone to go to philippines, i would not even tell an enemy to go there. All they want is your money and they dont even try to beg with a smile. I have been all over philippines and its the same everywhere there. Dont believe ppl who says its awesome there coz they just say that coz they feel brainwashed to say that, they are to shy to let everyone know they were treated like crap.
#Samcoul on Mar 23, 2013 :
Quite a large amount of gang crimes around that way think a few people were killed there a few years ago, I know the police are well trained though, but still would not class this as safe.
#Jake on Mar 13, 2013 :
I am from Auckland NZ.I feel safer in Manila at night then what I do I Auckland. Being a pacific Islander I tower above them so I think they are afraid of me. but use caution just like every country
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 :
beware of fake notes. cabs and convenience stores. check what you use to pay and check any any recieved in change. if you remember a few digits of the serial number you can protect yourself against switches by cashier.
#John! on Nov 28, 2012 on Jan 06, 2013 :
Beware of CAB drivers in Manila. Make sure they use the meter and not quote you a flat rate. You will almost always save, half or more of the fare, if the meter is used. Cab drivers also will tell you that they don't have change, which I found to often times be a lie. So have change also.
#max taylor on Jan 05, 2013 :
Watch out for street kids! They will approach you for money, some as young as 3-4 years old. Often the mother will be nearby and it has been reported that, at times, they will attempt to bribe tourists, especially single white male travellers, by saying they have physically/sexually assaulted them.
I tend to raise my hands so they cant say such things but then you have to watch your pockets! Dont give in. As heart wrenching as it if you give to one, a whole bunch of kids will come and they will approach you every time they see you. If you dont, they will leave you alone...eventually.
#Archipelago on Jun 19, 2012 :
Some areas (such as Makati) are fairly safe. Many areas are very dangerous at night, especially if you are alone. Just be in your home or hotel before dark and Manila can be enjoyable. After dark travel (walking or taxi) with companions.
#jerryf01 on Mar 09, 2012 :
Avoid the masa , you do that and you have no problems. The masa idea of a good life is sit in front of sari-sari store drinking run or brandy on someone else's dime, picking up loose change anyway possible, Yeah, including what ever.

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