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Crime in Bogota, Colombia

Crime rates in Bogota, Colombia

Level of crime
73.09 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
61.23 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
45.37 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
71.88 High
Worries car stolen
55.57 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
64.36 High
Worries attacked
54.27 Moderate
Worries being insulted
43.03 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
17.53 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
59.62 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
66.70 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
71.67 High
Problem corruption and bribery
87.99 Very High

Safety in Bogota, Colombia

Safety walking alone during daylight
52.22 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
21.19 Low

Contributors: 236

Last update: October 2019

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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10 Comments so far

#OOF on Dec 20, 2018 :
Bogota is somewhat safe, some areas are best to be avoided.
No need to be paranoid, touristic areas are very safe, just some petty theft, take normal safety precautions like in any other cities.
The health care is literally better than the US and Canada, and the water is very safe to drink, don't waste your money on bottled water c:
Overall Bogota is delightful, kidnappings are rare, don't assume that Pablo Escobar made Colombia like South Africa, it's actually safer than major US cities like Miami or Chicago. Don't think like in the 1990's when Colombia was a war zone.
Also don't be an idiot and travel by yourself at night, it's a bit risky, rather take an official Taxi or Uber.
take normal precautions, and don't travel in dangerous areas.
##Resident on Aug 22, 2018 :
I've been mugged 3 times. Last time was assaulted by 4 guys with knives in a bridge and got my bike, money, id cards etc stolen. They wouldn't even just take the money and give my ids back. There was no police nor nothing. Everybody refused to help me with that with things like a phone call or anything (big city as it is, nobody trust nobody).

If you see a weird guy asking you for the time, consider yourself robbed.
#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.(: