Crime in Beijing, China

Crime rates in Beijing, China

Level of crime
29.18 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
47.15 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
31.85 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
29.89 Low
Worries car stolen
29.15 Low
Worries things from car stolen
34.34 Low
Worries attacked
30.77 Low
Worries being insulted
36.94 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
27.59 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
30.95 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
38.14 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
29.06 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
58.68 Moderate

Safety in Beijing, China

Safety walking alone during daylight
72.54 High
Safety walking alone during night
62.82 High

Contributors: 285

Last update: February 2021

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.

Sign up for our newsletter:
Your Email Address:
Nearby cities:
Crime in 38.75 miles
Crime in 82.60 miles
This page in other languages:

DeutschKriminalität in Peking
PortuguêsCrime em Pequim
ItalianoCriminalità a Pechino
FrançaisCriminalité à Pékin
EspañolCriminalidad en Pekín (Beijing)

Leave a comment:

Your name: Sign In

Your email address (optional):

Your comment (no HTML):

7 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Violent crime is low, but scams and pickpocketing very high
V on Sep 22, 2020:
Lived here for 4 years. Never witnessed or even heard a friend witness a crime. Scams are everywhere though, especially if you're a foreigners Be afraid of being ripped off, but have no worries about personal safety. Violence is almost non-existent in this city.
Chen on May 08, 2019:
Just becareful about leaving things around. Non-violent theft is still a bit of a problem in Beijing.
james on Oct 29, 2018:
Brisbane has redneck slobs, Muslims, corrupt fat racist Queensland Police and traffic. Now you know why I romance the 50's. Where are the family values?! Disgusting!!!
Joe on Oct 07, 2018:
The rates above are very inaccurate and misleading, Beijing and other cities in China would considered to be one of the most safe places compared to majority of other major cities in the world. You will almost never feel unsafe to walk alone during both day and night times, sometime even at midnight. I have been living in Beijing and different cities in China for more than 10 years and also lived in Australian cities for a few year as well as travel to US and UK cities. Non of those so called most liveable cities made me feel safe to walk alone after hours.
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.