Crime in Barcelona, Spain

Crime rates in Barcelona, Spain

Level of crime
55.74 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
76.21 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
47.09 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
57.78 Moderate
Worries car stolen
34.72 Low
Worries things from car stolen
50.81 Moderate
Worries attacked
45.80 Moderate
Worries being insulted
42.37 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
27.89 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
59.53 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
62.20 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
45.80 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
55.81 Moderate

Safety in Barcelona, Spain

Safety walking alone during daylight
68.90 High
Safety walking alone during night
42.94 Moderate

Contributors: 669

Last update: May 2023

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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50 Comments so far
Chris on Apr 24, 2023:
I was physically assaulted near Parc Guell. Very violent punch to the face by a deranged man saying I had hit his son!?!! I am 65 and was punched very hard. Completely blind sided. He ran away when I said I was calling the police. Many bystanders just looked on. Police were NO help. They said if I didn’t know his name there was nothing they could do. No one seems to give a f**k about tourist in Barcelona. 4/24/2023
vania on Feb 20, 2023:
I live in bcn since 5 years and I was robbed once but it was 4 am in raval, just outside a club. never happened anything else to me, my wife or my teenage son ever. I'd say crime rate is pretty moderate
Anonymous on Dec 26, 2022:
I lived in Barcelona from 1992-1998. At first, I fell in love with the city. After six years I decided to come to England to improve my English. After a year, I decided to stay here for good. Great opportunities to study and work. I never looked back. Spaniards were racists/xenophobes (not everyone though), while in the UK there are people from every country in the world, all coexisting peacefully and all of them with the same opportunities for advancement.
Living here, I traveled back many times to visit Barcelona and some friends I had then. The last visit I made was possibly in 2008. Very disappointed about people being so loud and rude there, compared to the way most people in the UK behave: politely.
Anonymous on Nov 28, 2022:
So after roughly 12 years ater last being there and hearing everyone and everything gush over how this is the "best city in the entire world", I had the chance of going back to Barcelona in November 2022 to see what the hype was all about. Now let me start off by saying that Barcelona has lots of great things: the Sagrada Familia is a marvel, there are fantastic museums, and the city is filled with quirky sights.

However, this is hands down Europe's dirtiest city, and crime levels tend to be all over the place. If you keep a close eye on your belongings and stick to your group of friends, you should be fine. But there are parts of this city that border on feral and nasty.
anonymous on Nov 16, 2022:
My son was stabbed in Barcelona in October 2022.
Jumped by a gang of 7.
He was a week in ICU,and nearly lost his life.
The knife just missed his heart. he nearly bled to death and had internal bleeding.
He will be scarred for life in both senses of the word.
Apparently there were a further 2 stabbings that weekend.
The hospital were amazing and the crime logged with police.
But those people are still out there.
be careful.
Anonymous on Oct 16, 2022:
I found people in Barcelona quite unfriendly with tourist. It is sort of biting the hand that feeds them situation.
Gringo Lindo on Sep 22, 2022:
I have lived in Barcelona for over 10 years and never had a problem. It is a safe and beautiful place in my opinion.
All tourist areas in the world have problems and I am never there.
Enjoy the beautiful city.
jk on Jul 24, 2022:
I visit Barcelona about 10 times every year and normally for 24 days. Personally I have never had an incident there
Anonymous on Jul 20, 2022:
Barcelona is no longer safe, lots of Moroccans robbing, you are safer in America where u can own a gun
Joanna on Jul 15, 2022:
Last December a friend of mine was murdered by young moors at the end of the Rambles. Decapitated by knife because he was trying to defend a tourist from being robbed.
I’ve been living in Barcelona since 2000 and in all my years here I’ve been robbed 5 times and my home broken in (morning time, while I was raking a shower). Every single instance these crimes perpetrated by moors.
I disagree wholeheartedly with a poster below that says that black Africans are the problem, I find them all those I’ve met extremely hardworking and kind people. Meanwhile the moors along with the tourists have made this city a dump.
Moving further inland because of these people.
Charles on Jun 18, 2022:
While I have had no problem living here, the impression is that safety has worsened. Most troublesome areas, doubtlessly Ramblas area and surroundings, also other tourist places. I won't mention areas where tourists have no business. In any case, try not to look too much like a tourist, and don't look ostensibly distracted or "lost" in those areas. If you know where you go, and just continue your path, you will be fine.

Also, and this is a phenomenon that appeared more or less during the last six years, which I really feel I should mention: if you see in those areas small "bands" of young boys (most were part of the numerous boys who migrated alone in recent years from the Maghrib area, and these particular "bands" have become used to bad "street life"), be wary if they look like they are keeping an eye on you, particularly if you are visibly wearing valuables.

They are called locally the "relojeros" (as they work with watches, "relojes"), they have lately become quite specialized in stealing expensive watches (Rolex, Patek Philippe, etc.). They identify people wearing them, and once the victim is chosen, they can follow him/her for a long while. The price is worth it, for them. The best thing is not to show anything of value. They have been reported to become violent in some instances, shoving or violently grabbing from their victims to steal their belongings, or even brandishing knives.
Anonymous on Jun 15, 2022:
Just don't go to European countries with lots of black, unskilled immigrants. Crime galore! Not worth the headache no matter how beautiful the country looks. This isn't racism.. it's common sense.
Dae on Jun 07, 2022:
Try to avoid Las Ramblas, Barrio Gótico, and Raval during the night or pay the consequences. The same places during the day are not dangerous but are plenty of pickpockets, the Metro (subway) too. There are not violent but very effective in their "job". El Carmelo and La Mina, are not good places at night either. If you pay attention and try to not look like a tourist, you'll enjoy the city without problems.
Anonymous on May 24, 2022:
If you go to Barcelona, you have to accept that there is a 75% chance you will either have something stolen, or an attempt will be made to steal something from you.

If you are happy with that, go.

Otherwise, there are equally, or more beautiful cities in the world that are far safer and less trouble.

Is it really worth it?
Anon on May 05, 2022:
I spent 5 days in Barca for my honeymoon. I was pickpocketed on the 2nd night, took my phone. I chased the guy and then was counter-chased and tried to be run over numerous times by a gang on motorbikes. The chase lasted for 30 mins. I got in a taxi but he refused to take me when we were surrounded by the gang who literally blocked every exit around us. It was a very scary situation. If I hadn’t just had my wedding with photos of my family and friends on that phone, I wouldn’t have been so determined to get it back. There are a lot of scum bags in the world, but there seems to be a high concentration in La Rambla area (Gotica, Raval & Barceloneta).
Naoise on Mar 22, 2022:
Been there twice.First time attempted robbery with a knife. Second time pickpocketed by a group.
Anonymous on Mar 18, 2022:
I have been living in Barcelona for more than a year, and in my experience, it's a very safe city. I don't understand why some people say it's dangerous... It's really not. People asking me for money, is the worst that happened to me, but they are not violent or anything like that if you refuse to give them money.

Of course, I still try to avoid some areas, and I almost never go out late at night (not my lifestyle). So my experience is safety during daylight in decent areas mostly (all areas except El Raval and La Mina).
Anonymous on Feb 16, 2022:
We were to Barcelona on holidays.
Very nice and cool city and extremely safe.

After Barcelona we visited Madrid and we found out that Madrid was by far more dangerous, plenty of gangs of "macheteros" and North african teenagers chasing tourist, we saw one german stabbed by "macheteros" in Madrid´s high street, it was really sad:we didn t see anything like that in Barcelona.
Gabriel on Feb 13, 2022:
Was in Barcelona for a month and witnessed 4 muggings and was beaten by 3 men outside a club. The police did nothing.
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2022:
Very nice and safe city.
I loved the downtown and Barceloneta, extremely safe.
In huge contrast, we found Madrid very unsafe, all te city including Madrid s downtown, we were mu . In Madrid pickpocketing happens 24/7 but robberies, even violent ones can happen during the night.
Roberto on Jan 01, 2022:
Most comments on this page look like fake. Probably from haters. The city has its share of problems, but it's definitely a very safe place. Look at homicide rate for instance, it's ridiculously low in Barcelona (as in most southern European cities). My girlfriend and I always feel safe at day and night, additionally I have noticed that people here are really concerned about gender equality and men are very respectful toward women. If I have to go to Rambla area I take some more precautions, but as in most touristic cities, nothing dreadful.
Max on Nov 30, 2021:
Lived in Barcelona for half a year, first in the area of El Raval and then in the Eixample district. Except from the main touristic areas, the city is generally safe. The situation is completely different in the city centre (El Raval and Barrio Gotico), La Barceloneta, and some peripheral districts. Most of the times people just want to scam you rather than actually robbing you, especially in La Rambla, but be careful anyways. Try to avoid the beach at night as it's dark and there are no controls whatsoever. Two of my friends got robbed (not pickpocked, robbed) and got their phone and some jewels stolen in two different parts of the city. The metro is generally safe, nothing happened to me and I didn't see any pickpockets. OBVIOUSLY, don't leave your stuff unattended at any time in any area of the city
Anonymous on Oct 25, 2021:
I have lived here for 3 years and I think 20 of my friends including myself have been robbed in the Ciutat Vella and Barceloneta district in this period. Many what seems to be north african immigrants that do not seem to have any place to go (not that it matters but Im not white myself, but there is no need denying the obvious). Societal failure for sure, that make the city way more unsafe than I initially thought before moving here. Never thought I would feel safer in the city centre of London, but I definitely do.
Anonymous on Oct 25, 2021:
City is in general safe except, el born, gotico, raval and Barceloneta, especially not at night. Pickpocketing happens 24/7 but robberies, even violent ones can happen during the night. Don't walk home alone, don't look like a tourist and if you are very drunk take a cab straight to your hotel. Stay safe guys, this city is not what it used to be.
Working Trip on Sep 16, 2021:
Had a colleague who was held at knife point by a group of "none Spanish native" people, to withdraw all his money from the ATM when he was walking back to his Airbnb at night.
N on Jun 18, 2021:
Hey so I went for a week to barcelona two weeks ago and it was pretty nice I didnt really feel uncomfortable because I mainly go on busy streets and had always my hands on my bag or pockets. I would say it is worse like paris there were many sketchy people that you should avoid and you should better be in a group instead walking alone. Some shocking thing I saw is, where a young man from north … you know, is empting a woman bag on the street and looking for valuables. Few days after I got robbed at Hospitalet d Llobregat, a poor neighborhood that you should avoid as tourist … thankfully they didnt took my valuables away because I hid it very well. So barcelona was amazing but when you wanna go be prepared for the worse. Scream if something happens. Police dont do sh¡t.
Anonymous on Jun 16, 2021:
It's safe to say that Barcelona has seen better days.

Being pickpocketed is quite common, specially in touristic areas. Being robbed or assaulted during the day, even in front of hotels and/or restaurants, happens more often than not (so don't wear expensive watches or jewelry while visiting).

It's sad to say, but during my recent visit, I felt that they are not too welcoming of foreigners or tourists as much as they used to.

Beautiful city, but be very careful while visiting.
Tom on Jan 19, 2021:
I live in Barcelona for over 4 years now and haven´t had one incident happen to me, day or night...
Be alert like any other big cities
Aart Geldof on Aug 12, 2020:
Extremely safe city.
Have a look at the comments, no English native speakers at all, mainly Madrid people writing against Barcelona due to gelousy since Barcelone is safer and more appealling fir foreigners, ranking among the 10 most visited cities in the World (Madrid does not)...and is not even the capital !
Madrid has the highest rates of violent crime in Spain by far, no wonder the expat Western community is largest in Barcelone by far than in a rough city like Madrid.
Anonymous on May 29, 2020:
attacks agains elderly people and women by moroccan youngsters... The government does not do anything and they victimize the collective. The people who complain are called racists. It's a popular word to use nowadays...
The society gives them rights but nor responsibilities. They give them money and assistance while they have a multiple crime history behind. It's like free pass for everything, since they are ''vulnerable colectives''. How about the elderly and women? We are being eaten by this rats.

Local people trying to work and be good citizens, but they cannot even afford rent nowadays. And the government encouraging the importation of problematic people that have little future in our society because their mindset is so rotten.

Nothing makes sense anymore...

Criminals are not being punished enough, and locals get fines by breaking some stupid rules such as laying on the sand or opening a bar terrace during covid.
Person from Barcelona on May 26, 2020:
The monkeys are destroying everything, thx Mayor of BCN and filthy politicians
Anonymous on Jan 26, 2020:
@betterworld attacks against LGBT have increased yes, but I also have heard that now people report them more often than in the past, so that's probably the reason. Attacks like that happen anywhere in this world and I would say Barcelona is still better for LGBT people than dutch cities, uk cities, swede cities, belgian cities and french cities because the muslim population is even higher there.

Stop blaming Barcelona for this because Madrid sometimes known as "the gay capital of europe" is not better at all either, right-wing homophobic political parties such as "PP" and "Vox" are more present there and yes, once I saw on an article that there were 345 attacks against LGBT in Madrid on 2018 but in Barcelona there were around 50 on 2019. Attacks against LGBT have increased in Madrid as well, not only in Barcelona.

- Attacks against LGBT in Madrid: (in Spanish)
- Attacks against LGBT in Barcelona: (in Catalan)
- Muslim population by city in Europe:
Anonymous on Jan 17, 2020:
This city is definitely going down the sink. Safety is a major concern nowadays. Sad, very sad to see the centre of the city has become a really dangerous area during night time, and a paradise for pickpocketing during daylight.
betterworld on Jan 15, 2020:
This city is infested with migrant youngsters from magreb (algeria and marocco) that rape, rob women, people with disabilities, gay and elderly. Some of them do not care to take a life for a wallet. They really do not want to integrate themselves, they do not bother to behave. Attacks against LGBT community has increased a 137% and it is because of this collective. In their homelands they just lapidate the "unhonourable" people.They do not learn anything from the country that gives them a chance at having a better life. They just make other people's lifes more difficult. I cannot believe how our politicians allow this to happen.
Adrian on Jan 11, 2020:
I've been in Barcelona many times and nothing bad has ever happened to me. You just have to be very careful around "El Raval" and "Ciutat Vella" in general, especially at night as it's the most dangerous neighbourhood but others like "L'Eixample", "Sants-Montjuic", "Gràcia" and especially "Horta-Guinardó", "Nou Barris", "Les corts" and "Sarrià-Sant Gervasi" are the safest ones.

I honestly, wouldn't suggest anyone to live in "Ciutat Vella".
The saint on Jan 01, 2020:
I have stayed in Barcelona twice recently the first time when the children were rioting in the town , 6 people got robbed and the second time 3 people and one violently , unfortunately it’s the Africans and North Africans doing it all .. still if u are careful you can enjoy the great city
Anonymous on Nov 05, 2019:
I was in Barcelona with my teenage daughter for 7 days and 7 nights. I was aware of the petty theft before coming and had heard many stories regarding pick pocketing and theft of watches and jewellery in particular in las Ramblas. I had no intention of going to an area that had such a high rate of theft regardless of how vigilant i was as i would not be able to relax at all in such an environment. I took precautions with my belongings and was vigilant during my time in Spain especially in madrid and Barcelona. I did not "dress to impress", both my daughter and i wore baggy clothes with deep pockets, my daughter wore an old baggy jacket over her clothes to cover her pockets even though it was hot. When i needed to carry my passport i carried within my bra under my arm pit so it was not noticeable. I kept things close to my skin on the metro and in crowded areas. I put my phone and euro within deep front pockets that i kept my hands close to. All other items i carried in a bag on the front of me. Regardless of my awareness and vigilance i was robbed. I placed my bag between my legs while sitting down in a shop. It was a shoe shop with low stools and there were 3 shop assistants present. I took my hand off my bag to turn to my daughter for 3 - 5 seconds. When i turned back the bag was gone. Nobody saw it happen!!! Regardless of my vigilance i did not feel it happen. These people are good at what they do and work in groups. I would say we were followed and watched for that moment when vigilance is not there.
Barcelona is a beautiful city yet my impressions of areas within Barcelona are that of a weird Dystopia were crime rules and is openly allowed to be carried out. The police station i had to report my robbery at was on Las Ramblas. From walking there the groups that are carrying out the robberies are openly obvious. The police are not helpful and say "this is Barcelona, it is an international city". Nobody wants to say it for fear of seeming racist or stereotyping groups of immigrants. When at the police station many people were doing reports. The thefts of belongings from safes within hotel rooms was the most common. This is not a matter of being vigilant of your belongings. This is a matter of avoiding certain areas of Barcelona all together including staying in them. The level of vigilance that is required for these areas is unsustainable and affects enjoyment. I tried not to "behave" like a classic tourist and draw attention to myself yet i was robbed while momentarily sitting in a shop. My impressions were that gangs work together and you are watched along a long line of people. From the information i gathered in the police station and the amount of people doing reports i would say your belongings are unsafe when staying in hotels in the Las Ramblas area and i would avoid this area all together.
Liliya on Sep 29, 2019:
I live in Barcelona for 5 years and I took a decision to move soon from here.
The situation is insane:crime is increasing, no measures are taken, everywhere in the centre you go you see some faces of these people that come not to work but to be a parasite. These people sometimes are defended by local Catalonia s, and you cannot call the names as then you gonna be blamed as a racist and nationalist even if everyone knows which kind of population is spreading the crime.
The crime is actually kinda accepted in Barcelona - stealing with no violence is not a crime, break in into someone else's flat and live there for free is a socially accepted norm. Believe me, I know what I'm talking about as thhe past week in my district policy was trying to get those illegal people occupying someone else's flats but the locals came out to protest to throw stones at police while insulting police officers for doing their job. Few policemen got injured by those protectors of ocupas (this way they call people that break in into someone else's flats).
If you try to hit some criminal that is trying to steal from you or someone else, locals most likely would scream at you for being a violent nationalist.
I believe this kind of locals deserve all the things happening now. All decent locals have already moved away.
For me there is no sense to continue living here - I'm moving to another region of Spain.
Mattias on Sep 08, 2019:
Just got violenlty robbed by 3 young north african men last week. Police said no need to file a report, but I should go to the hospital to have my wounds looked after. Sadly enough, there is very little police can do due to very low (if any) penalties for this type of crime in Catalunya.
Sergio on Sep 07, 2019:
My friend was just robbed by 3 men while getting into a cab. He stayed out a little longer than us and Had his phone out trying to look up our address. While one was grabbing his watch the others took what they could from his pockets stealing his phone a credit card and some cash. Be careful and stay with your group.
Tom Tildesley on Sep 06, 2019:
Watch out for the muslims in barcelona, its pretty much little syria here
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2019:
This city is out of control. If you decide to visit be careful (whether it's daytime or nighttime) with any Moroccan youngster you see from afar, because they are violent criminals anD they will not doubt stabbing you in the leg or beating you up just to steal your phone. Don't wear golden chains or valuable watches either. Moroccans are destroying our society.
Rob on Aug 24, 2019:
Very nice city.
Extremely safe, 3 week stay trouble-free.
We will be back soon, hopefully next year.
vilnius on Aug 22, 2019:
Hello, I was born in Barcelona, ​​and I have been living in this city for 53 years. If someone who thinks of traveling reads this may be of interest.
Barcelona is not an insecure city at the level of Ciudad Juarez, of course, but my recommendation is that they try to go unnoticed and do not look like tourists, not to be clueless and act as a local would do, to have a lot of attention throughout the downtown area and in some parks, especially in places where not many people circulate and at night from 10 pm, especially when returning and better if they have not had many drinks, because this is something that criminals observe. Watch your bags, and do not carry the phones in your hand and at all times maintain common sense because the truth is that you, foreigners are an easier target. There are many young Moroccan criminals who tend to be violent, and their victims are usually foreigners in the first place that if they notice that they are being watched, move away from the place or directly call 112 police without thinking about it. For the rest if they always watch and take these precautions, nothing has to happen to them, sometimes it is better not to be fearful because this makes them more violent. Good Luck and welcome
Rub on Aug 16, 2019:
Many people in Barcelona are happy to ignore the security problem.
Even the new head of the security is threatening the patrols that are helping the people getting robbed in the metro. Now we have one stab or more / day. Good job Catalunya! Focus more on the safety of your people than on your fake Catalan republic.
Goodbye Cataluña and good luck.
Fidi on Aug 15, 2019:
We just moved to Barcelona from Germany. We rented a temporary apartment for few month in El Born till we find a long term home. I have to say that i was visiting Barcelona very often previous years. I was never robbed. But this time i am experiencing Barcelona from the different and dark side. We parked our car in Free Parking area in Plaja de Bogatell overnight and next day our car window was smashed with some metal and broken into. There were another cars which were broken into as well. We didnt have any valuables inside thanks God, just 10€ sunglasses which were taken of course. They made a mess inside the car and we had to pay the repair 600€!!! The streets dont seem to be safer anymore like i visited in 2014,2015,2016.. in all corners are some shady guys standing and scanning the tourists. I am not beeing paranoid, but you feel always eyes on you. In the metro you always have to carry your bag in front of you. Never have your phone in your hands.. dont wear expensive juwelery or watches.
Merc on Aug 14, 2019:
I have lived in Barcelona for 8 years and right now any statistics from previous years don't count at all. There's a lot of robbers based in the city at the moment due to the lack of control of illegally occupied homes. I guess I cannot make any comment on the specific segment of the population who is causing all this, but if you go there just remember, the face is the mirror of the soul.
Dave on Aug 01, 2019:
Barcelona is not definitely a safe city, so be careful and always watchout at your stuff.
Since a year I am living close to the Rambla and I heard several people been stolen.
The areas of Raval, Born and Gotic are the most critical for robbery during night time.
Quite often they steal the bag to women if they are walking in the early morning alone. More than one time the screams of the unfortunate woke me up in the night.
Also Barceloneta is full of thieves, ready to steal your bag when you are on the beach or your watch/wallet when you are walking around the district. The metro requires attention too, especially in the moment that you take out the wallet to buy your ticket.
Matt on Jul 22, 2019:
Barcelona is getting worse and worse.
More pickpockets, violent robberies and also increase in rapes.
At night you have to avoid Raval, Gotico and El Born.
Such a shame for this beautiful city but no one is managing to get the laws changed.
Daryl on Jun 10, 2019:
People seem to think its ok.
To walk around Barcelona late at night with their noses stuck in their phones are just thick.