Crime in Bogota, Colombia

Crime rates in Bogota, Colombia

Level of crime
71.97 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
58.13 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
47.55 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
71.47 High
Worries car stolen
57.34 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
65.41 High
Worries attacked
56.10 Moderate
Worries being insulted
44.79 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
19.41 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
60.98 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
68.67 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
70.71 High
Problem corruption and bribery
87.42 Very High

Safety in Bogota, Colombia

Safety walking alone during daylight
54.07 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
22.44 Low

Contributors: 166

Last update: August 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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9 Comments so far

#Manu on Apr 07, 2018 :
The security problem is getting worse, they'll kill you just to take your phone. Security in the public transport is also a big problem, sometimes robbers will break into the bus, and rob everyone, the police will take 40m to arrive, just to tell you "we can do nothing". Definitely not a good place to live, maybe for tourism but only for a few days.
#Mario on Mar 10, 2018 :
Bogota is a great city, people are welcoming and food is amazing. I have never had any problems (over 10 trips), just be aware of surroundings, stay in tourist area if visiting, enjoy.
#William C Vela on Mar 09, 2018 :
I really like Bogota lot's to see and do. My wife is Colombian. I have visited Bogota more than three times in last couple of months. I have never had a problem with anyone. But have seen and heard crazy stuff.
#Javier on Sep 15, 2017 :
There are certain areas of the city that you should avoid or be very careful if you ever go by. Better ask locals where can you go safely.
#Anonymous on Feb 22, 2017 :
Just do the same thing like when you travel to big touristic places anywhere Europe or in the U.S.

I am Colombian and I always do the following when in Bogota and big cities in Colombia: Carry change for taxis, wear silver jewelry and cheap watch (not gold or diamonds) and less that your are in the hotel or mid-range restaurant. In public places such as a restaurant keep your belongs in your lap or were you can see them. Carry only one credit card, cash approximately (U$120 for a day b/c some place don't take credit card) and your Driver license. Leave your dam passport at home or at your safe-box in you hotel.

However, my sister uses expensive watch, and jewelry and she never gets robbed. Therefore, do nor be paranoic.
#Eduardo Zuluaga on Sep 28, 2016 :
I live in Bogota and I have traveled around the world and know that Bogota is not that safe but it is still super great city to live in, most of it is safe but there are some areas which are a bit unsafe but Colombia in general is very safe.
#Andrés on May 18, 2016 :
I live in Bogotá. It's such a nice place. I cannot tell you it's the safest city, but it's safe enough to live without worrying with a minimum of preacautions. As happens in the most of the cities, there are some areas more dangerous than others... You just need to ask about it ;)
#Natalia on Apr 06, 2016 :
I'm Colombian and live in the U.S. and I would like to say a lot of South America is not safe. Especially the capital, but also I'm not a little bitch like #harvey. And im not stupid enough to go to sketchy area making myself a target.(:
#harvey on Aug 04, 2015 :
I was in Bogota last year it is a beautiful country but it is not safe at all its best not to go there for ten years or more if you want to live