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Crime in Barcelona, Spain

Crime rates in Barcelona, Spain

Level of crime
45.59 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
64.45 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
43.50 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
51.01 Moderate
Worries car stolen
32.85 Low
Worries things from car stolen
48.96 Moderate
Worries attacked
37.13 Low
Worries being insulted
38.74 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
31.90 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
50.57 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
55.99 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
36.13 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
58.33 Moderate

Safety in Barcelona, Spain

Safety walking alone during daylight
71.84 High
Safety walking alone during night
54.05 Moderate

Contributors: 174

Last update: December 2017

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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35 Comments so far

#Owen on Nov 11, 2017 :
Anyone on this feed who thinks that crime and pickpocketimg in Barcelona are not major problems is completely dillusional. I have had my phone stolen twice in the space of 6 months and personally know in excess of ten other people that have had wallets, phones, bank cards and passports stolen from their person.
I also know of another incident where two guys on a motorcycle kicked the tire of my friends vehicle with a bladed shoe and then followed alongside as the tire become flat. They waved my friends down pointing to the tire and acting as 'Good Samaritans'. As soon as they were distracted with changing the wheel the bandits opened the car door and made off with two handbags

Crime does not usually come in the form of a physical or menacing nature so you will almost always feel safe. The crime myself and my friends have encountered is instead devious and shifty. Anyone can lay the blame at immigrants as it is always easy to point out a scapegoat but irrespective of where these criminals are originally from, the problem belongs with Barcelona.
Great restaurants, bars, architecture, monuments, markets, festivals, the list goes on...... but if you have to be hyper vigilante protecting your personal belongings is it truly possible to relax and have a good time??
I must continue to reside here in order for work and after being pick pocketed twice I will start carrying my phone in a travel wallet under my shirt. I will respond in in my own way to problem that permeates this city but it's time that police and government officials responded to. Sort your shit out Barcelona and don't let a good city rot from the inside out!!
#Mirriam on Aug 13, 2017 :
One of the most dodgy cities and we stayed in a nicer area in Catalunya. My parents and aunt were robbed by men dressed as policemen with a Walkman, who pretended to want to see ID/passport and as if they were giving passport numbers to someone, then robbed them of their cash (Euros only). They were distracted by a man pretending to be a lost tourist whilst the police intervened and robbed them. The hotel receptionist said that it wasn't Spanish men and the Italians cause a lot of havoc in the city.
This was just 1 of many incidences I have heard off . We have travelled to over 30 cities and have never been robbed before especially not in Muslim countries!
#Mirriam on Aug 13, 2017 :
One of the most dodgy cities and we stayed in a nicer area in Catalunya. My parents and aunt were robbed by men dressed as policemen with a Walkman, who pretended to want to see ID/passport and as if they were giving passport numbers to someone, then robbed them of their cash (Euros only). They were distracted by a man pretending to be a lost tourist whilst the police intervened and robbed them. The hotel receptionist said that it wasn't Spanish men and the Italians cause a lot of havoc in the city.
This was just 1 of many incidences I have heard off . We have travelled to over 30 cities and have never been robbed before especially not in Muslim countries!
#Anderson on Aug 07, 2017 :
This happened on Marina Avenue, my rented car tire was slashed with a nail while driving through an intersection really close to the centre. Furthermore while fixing the tire I was robbed. No criminality you say? This is the worst city in Europe as far as I'm concerned regarding safety.

And of course why not, the rental company then charges you for the tire.
#Henderson on Jul 31, 2017 :
It's big and one of the most active cities in the world, so statistically speaking it's bound to have some crime. But for the most part no violent crime or real danger, it's mostly pickpocketing and very localized and easy to avoid.
I'm from Barcelona and have lived there for 25 years (though not anymore, at least for now), and I've never had a single problem, or been robbed or anything. And I didn't even live in the "nice" part of town (not the worst either, though), but appart from paying attention to your belongings and trying to avoid conflictive areas (which there aren't that many and, anyway, why would you even go there?), no one should have a problem visiting Barcelona. Maybe it is because it's my hometown, but I've always felt safer there than anywhere else.
#Anonymous on Jul 25, 2017 :
For those of you that have had things stolen, I would advise maybe looking after your belongings a little better. It's quite obvious that in any city you should take more care with your possessions. Barcelona is a safe city, I walked there there day and night and in numerous locations and apart from the odd junkie or drunk person, there isn't much different in what you'd find anywhere else. Obviously you dont want to go walking around more 'notorious' areas at night because then you're just increasing your own risk (you wouldn't walk through Tottenham at 2am)
I'm from the UK and I'd say that cities here are far worse than barcelona for crime. Pickpocketing is probably the only major crime that happens there (which isn't that major) but again, be vigilant and you'll be fine. I walked a lot with my girlfriend through most parts of Barcelona, most of the people were friendly and generally the atmosphere was laid back and relaxed.
#Prastomiyono on May 25, 2017 :
I thing Barcelona should has higher crime index.
I with my wife walk in street with many people around. That time was about 11:30 AM. Suddently a motorcycle jump to walking trotoar and forcely taken my wife bag. People around were just watching. While I and my sons run to catch up motorcyclist but he run very quick.
We reported to the policia of Barcelona.
There were so many people in Police office, experiencing similar problem. The policia seem to be not surprised and this some thing usual in Barcelona.
We should get policia report and go to Madrid to our country embassy to get temporary passport before we were going back to our country.
My perception to Barcelona has changed. We hope there are not hapenning for other visitors
#Eduardo on Apr 16, 2017 :
I was victim of a scam in Barcelona. They took a bag with a computer cable and a shirt but I felt very bad and don't look at this city with the same friendly eyes again.
The topic which is never discussed is why does the police and the municipal authorities let this happen. Even New York became a safer city.
It is a shame that Barcelona has become an unsafe city for tourist and for a very real reason.
To those responsible: do something about it. It is possible!
#joe on Apr 03, 2017 :
you guys are stupid.
Barcelona is safe.
Pickpockets are swarming.
Just keep your belongings close
#Sue on Mar 07, 2017 :
Just come back dater a weekend in gorgeous Barcelona. Beautiful city, felt safe everywhere we went. Plenty of police on streets in hotspots.
Saw nothing remotely dodgy. Don't be put off from visiting this amazing place.
#Jake on Feb 16, 2017 :
Twenty five years ago I spent 3 months in Barcelona. Crime was virtually non existent. Today, however, because of the high Moslem population, parts of beautiful Barcelona have been turned into garbage. I wouldn't go there again.
#Carlo on Sep 22, 2016 :
Love this fun city. Went everywhere walking with my wife and 11 yo daughter walking even in dark alleys. Felt safe in our more than week stay back in June 2016. We're from L.A. area California.
#Uzeyir on Aug 31, 2016 :
I have lived in Barcelona about a year and it is very safe city, maybe the safest
#iker collado on Jul 18, 2016 :
I completely disagree, I love Barcelona and the people.the food makes me happy. Bye have a great time!
#pedro rodriguez on Jul 18, 2016 :
I am really concerned about this.

thanks for your help, I appreciate it!
#Fred Collins on May 18, 2016 :
Barcelona is much safer than London and you don't hear about murders.
#Frank McConnel on May 18, 2016 :
I've lived in Barcelona for 3 years now coming from Chimpcago, Illinois. I have never felt unsafe in Barcelona and it's much safer than Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Berlin. I would pit Barcelona against any U.S. city because compared to the extreme violence in American cities, Barcelona is like a Mayberry.
#Andrew on Feb 04, 2016 :
I had stayed for almost one year in Catalunya and one hour away from Barcelona. First off I had heard from a friend that their rented appartment for the weekend was broken into, the girls present were robbed while one girl was robbed at knifepoint. I, a young male, was on my way home from Carnaval celebrations early in the morning when three Spanish young adult males were walking close by me shortly after I left Sants Estacion Metro and began talking to me. I holding my GPS (IPhone) didn't need help, but I enjoyed the company, so when they suggested a direct route through a park I didn't think twice until they got quiet. I voiced my apprehension and soon enough they were asking me to hand over my money and phone. I escaped, but not without them ripping my jacket. I never reported them because I was afraid I would miss my bus that left every couple of hours and because I had heard no police would do anything if I wasn't harmed. Also, I 'lost' my wallet on a bus that was just entering Barcelona which I fell asleep on briefly. This doesnt mean I didn't enjoy the city of Barcelona, but curiously I haven't been taken advantage of for several months in Central America. I was more trusting of people in Barcelona, and it is a very multicultural city.
#marylander on Dec 01, 2015 :
I spent something like 7 days, 6 nights in Barcelona and wandered the city quite comfortably day and night. I am a white male from the east coast of the USA but it was not my first time in a city, but understand I am not tall or muscular....I would say that Madrid was just as if not sketchier throughout, though I was constantly attentive and did not wander with a cell phone or have a vehicle - I only witnessed public urination and people arguing very loudly. There are illegal substances for sure, I got offered coke a lot unfortunately. My impression honestly is that the more you have on you, and especially if you flaunt it, you may see it differently. For instance a guy i knew from college who went to the same venue as I did got mugged yet this guy was always flaunting fancy watches and expensive clothes so take that for what it is worth. As a low budget transient I found it to be a reasonably fun international city.
#mk on Oct 13, 2015 :
Don't get drunk and walk alone in Barcelona at night. Just lost my phone to some really friendly thief. There was absolutely nothing to give him away except the moment he started running away from me. That's when I checked my pockets and my phone was gone.
#Wes on Oct 07, 2015 :
To say it is only if your are drunk or unaware of your surroundings is ludicrous. I have been living here for only 5 weeks and been witness to two bag snatches, one on an elderly tourist on a busy street. In addition to that everyone we meet has a story of a home being broken into, that has nothing to do with being drunk.
#James on Sep 10, 2015 :
Look, if your pissed and not aware of your surroundings then you will become another victim.

Tip. Have some lose change and a card that looks like a credit card but does not work or fake notes, if you can get hold of them. if you get attacked, then just give it to them and say that's all you have.. They will then release they have been had and not you...
#Mauricio on Jul 26, 2015 :
With a minimum of awareness nothing will happen to you. I life there since six years and had no problems so far, only that once the numberplates of my car got stolen.
People who get robbed are or drunk or unaware. I feel really sorry specially for japanese people as they always look very shocked, as they don't know that from home. But generally I'd say that it's one of the safest bigger European cities. Even in the old town and the Raval it's calm. As the others said: don't walk in dark streets you don't know, don't take to much cash with you and just pay attention...
#Josep on Jul 19, 2015 :
New here, reading the lasts comments is fun to me. I agree with Anonimous...this is the view you get when most of your time in the Centre which is not Barcelona anymore. I m not one to think my city is the best in the world, In fact, now I think it is a trashbin and mostly due to immigration. I m not racist but most immigrants are a tool of the central goverment to eliminate the locals, ergo catalans. The outcome has been very disparate...and normally you get people very fustrated in front. Thanksfully, there are no guns here if not I dont think what could be! Certainly, Barcelona is a very fake city and it seems white people really likes it! because booze and petty sex is quite available. I travelled before extensively and never seen a place so fake as this, except Istambul, maybe. And to answer A. Ferreira, the most chauvinistic cultural people here are: spanish (proper), southamericans (args, first), pakis, brits, arabs and italian..in this order...lots of years of study by my part. Anyway, yo uare free to see it as you may like.
#Anonymous on Jul 19, 2015 :
The city could be a good place to visit, pity the local people no very nice they're rude and unpolite, angry and grumpy. I will never want to live in a city full of people like that. The rambla is very high in crime and crossbeam not even mention.the city centre stink of sewers always, i waitness at two stolen cell phone in a bars tapas in centre.never saw before so many junky beggers and tramps in my life.can't walk a night time alone with out the scared of being robbed or attacked.very dangeraus city.turists are invitated to not walk with a camera around the neck and do not talk at the phone meanwhile walking. Never leave the cell.on the table of any kind of restaurant or tapas bar. I've been in london, and i felt more safe then barcellona even night time. Barcellona or are for rich or for poor. Doesn't exist a middle class. The only good thing is" GAUDY" for the rest there is better ...a lot better coties.
#Sam on Jul 19, 2015 :
I stayed in barcelona for 10 days and i must say that is unsafe city high in crime, felt unconfortable walk at night time all over the city.
#Warren on Jul 06, 2015 :
I felt quite safe in Barcelona, even though I stayed in El Raval which supposedly has more crime than other areas. Being from the US, I almost always feel safer in foreign cities due to lack of guns. I carry a junk wallet (a few euros and an expired credit card or two), so petty crime doesn't bother me.
#local on Apr 29, 2015 :
I'm originally from England but have lived in Barcelona for 12 years, i work as a tour guide in the center so i am always keeping myself up to date with what is going on, and am in contact with tourists every day. I have never fallen victim to crime myself but i have heard many story's of pickpockets and bag snatching.
The only advise i can give is exactly the same advise i would give to anyone in any other major global city, keep your valuables very close to you at all times and stay vigilant. Don't walk home alone and don't wounder down dark allies unless you have to.

One thing i will say about this beautiful city is that although petty crime is quite high it is very very rare that you will hear about violent crime or murder happening. Compared with other major European cities i would say it's one of the safest.
#Floor on Mar 05, 2015 :
I live since September in Barcelona and I feel very safe here! I'm actually from the Netherlands and was a bit worried about it since always feel very safe in the netherlands and heard bad stories about Barcelona. But Barcelona is safe too! Of course you should always keep an eye on your belongings and then especially in the metro, clubs and buisy places but that is in every big city but whether you become a victim of pickpocketing or not is often in your own hands. Also most of the times the picpockets don't want problems so if you catch them they will give you your stuff back and go away, they don't want to get into a fight or anything! Men should definitely pay attention if they see prostitutes, they often grab men in their croch and then quickly take their wallet bc you are distracted! In clubs always keep an eye on your drink but I guess that is common sense and does apply for every city! Furthermore after clubbing I sometimes walk home by myself (as a girl) and that's fine too. Most of the time (especially in the center) there are so many people on the street that no one will do anything to you. And just to be sure don't go into all the small alleys of Gotico or go by night to the centre of Raval, at least by yourself! Moral of the story : most things you have in your own hands.
#Gary on Feb 10, 2015 :
Friend was mugged and beaten during the Mobile World Congress Show after leaving bar to walk to Hotel. Very uneasy feeling at night. Be careful, walk with a companion.
#Amy on Dec 11, 2014 :
Almost got raped in Barcelona. Never coming back here again.
#H on Dec 09, 2014 :
Update from December 2014.
Got robbed at 7 o'clock in the morning by 4 non-spanish speaking guys at a side street connecting to La Rambla. Attacked (choked) from behind as I walked past them.

Barcelona being safe? Don't think so any more.
#Jordi on Oct 18, 2014 :
Barcelona is safe, true. Only warn with the pickpockets if you are in the underground or in a place with many people. Tourist are ever targets but police are honest and no corrupt.
#Dave on Apr 25, 2014 :
Spain definitely off my list. US has good policing and they let you keep guns to defend yourself.
#santiago on Dec 20, 2013 :
Armando ferreira ,

In any city int he world if you are in the subway with a 2000 Uss Camera you have to keep your ayes on it all the time !! you probably are those kind of turist who think the world is all roses.
take care.