Crime in Beijing, China

Crime rates in Beijing, China

Level of crime
53.99 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
70.00 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
56.48 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
53.74 Moderate
Worries car stolen
55.00 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
59.92 Moderate
Worries attacked
55.50 Moderate
Worries being insulted
58.42 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
51.56 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
52.18 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
61.52 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
55.10 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
75.65 High

Safety in Beijing, China

Safety walking alone during daylight
51.42 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
42.78 Moderate

Contributors: 196

Last update: July 2018

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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4 Comments so far

#aylin on Jul 17, 2017 :
Personal safety vey high even at night, however everything than can be stolen will be stolen: i.e. if you lock you bicycle, it will be picked up and carried away, if you lock your bicycle and attach it to something so it cannot be carried away, at least the bike seat will get stolen, with some posibility of the wheels being removed too. within hours. And the same goes for everything else. So just use the cheapest things you have while in Beijing. And do not buy anything that doesnt have a price tag on it - you are a foreigner and will get asked triple the price. Otherwise, people are friendly and love to practice their english, even if it is just a Hello. If you plan to work, be prepared to never ever get your agreed salary. Every month there will be "deductions" for whatever reason they can think of. If you ever see a street fight or a road accident get away as fas as you can - they can just grab the foreigner and put all the blame on him demanding high compensation. For the same reason, if anything happens to you, don't expect much help from onlookers. Everyone is careful not to get scammed. But that does not prevent people from recording an accident on a video and then just walking away sharing it with friends online. (I am a foreigner who lived in beijing for over three years.)
#Andrew on Mar 10, 2017 :
Beijing is probably the safest city currently in the world. While China certainly is an above average country in terms of safety, in terms of petty crime it certainly does not rank at the top, however in Beijing due to the massive police presence and camera surveillance, it is extremely safe. Inside the 4th ring of Beijing (the city proper), physical crime is almost non-existent (though there is sometimes attacks on foreigners in tourist areas, however there is usually at most 1 incident per year since I moved here in 2014). Walking anywhere in the city proper, you are always minutes away from a police man and are likely always in a camera lens, meaning safety is extremely high (for the political capital of a world super power, it would be embarrassing to have a crime problem).

There certainly is still a problem with public theft, and while I have never actually seen it in my 3+ years here, you should always keep an eye on your belongings on the subway and out in busy areas. Never leave bikes or cars unlocked. However if proper precautions are taken, I would feel safe to say that the crime rate is near 0. And of course never mess with the drunk local, but that is not something innocent people get involved with. Also, avoid scams by not accepting offers from strangers.

Finally, among foreigners who live here there is a moderate drug problem. If you purposely stay out of it, you likely will never see any drugs or crime, however if you go to bars and such you will see it.

Basically, for those who mind to themselves, take simple precautions and dont go looking for drugs and such, Beijing will be the world's safest city. Crime is almost 100% caused by foreigners or migrants to Beijing, thus local residential areas in the city proper have 0 crime.
#Lachlan on Nov 05, 2016 :
I feel really unsafe I get robbed once a week and had 3 of my cars stolen don't feel safe that's why i moved to micronesia
#Andrew on Jul 09, 2014 :
After spending a few months working as a bartender and having some late night walks home, I can safely say that I am never afraid to walk alone at night. Granted, there will always be drunk people in the bar areas, but they're usually expats and it's never physical or violent. If you exercise regular caution and stay on streets with lights, you shouldn't have a problem.

Oh, and I never feel unsafe during daylight hours. However, I do sometimes feel uncomfortable by some street vendors pestering me and trying to scam me, but they are never trying to steal my wallet/ possessions or anything.