Crime in Bucharest, Romania

Crime rates in Bucharest, Romania

Level of crime
22.89 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
33.03 Low
Worries home broken and things stolen
24.13 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
25.99 Low
Worries car stolen
19.01 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen
36.60 Low
Worries attacked
21.24 Low
Worries being insulted
35.00 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
13.05 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
25.17 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
33.95 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
14.46 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
77.02 High

Safety in Bucharest, Romania

Safety walking alone during daylight
89.02 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
67.34 High

Contributors: 440

Last update: November 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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18 Comments so far

#B888Shrimp on Nov 05, 2018 :
For those who think Bucharest is bad: please don't come here, we don't need you!

Stay in other "cultural enriched countries" where you can get cut with a machete in daylight, or even burn with acid (see London).

Go visit Paris, where a tourist from Japan had a shock at landing there, thinking she's in Africa(search for the video on youtube for your own entertainment)

Really, please don't come here, its bad in East Europe, plus we have gypsies which are the worst people in the world, even more dangerous than those who you are welcoming right now from the desert, you know, the ones who deliver you the religion of peace in form of kamikaze trucks:)

It's so bad that I can walk in every park almost every night at any hour (I'm a freelancer, I work late because of the timezone and need to get out too) and I can still get home, plus we have non-stops ( hallo ze Germany where almost all shops are closed at 8PM ffs!!)

The internet is so fast here, you can have a G shock, really not safe for your health... especially if you are an old dude that came here for some pleasure, you can get a heart attack before you go out with that sexy girl you came here for (you know, the one you've meet online and suddenly you want to move here forever because "Romania e forte frumos" :))

Please stay home, is not safe at all!
#Alex on Oct 28, 2018 :
I have been living in this city since my birth in 1993. A very safe place in wich i cannot recall any incident. I walked around at every hour and never had any problems. No one really cares what you do here, as long as you mind your own business. Plus we are very friendly towards tourists. Also a great place to start a new life, different from the west and a very quiet city. Traffic can be a pain in the ass but that's the only problem.
#Cristina on Mar 05, 2018 :
Hello. For all of you out there trashing Bucharest and Romania. First of ALL, Bucharest does not represent the entire Romania, it is the capital and the largest city (4 mil people aprox) in Romania in a 238.397km² splendid country that has the sea side (3 hrs drive from Bucharest), the mountains (3 hrs drive from Bucharest), the Danube delta (4-5 hrs drive from Bucharest) and 220 sunny days per year to enjoy.

Second of all, if you have bad karma :)) you will suffer everywhere you go, no matter the safety component.

I live here since I was born 40 years ago. Ofcourse Bucharest is not perfect but tell me one perfect city!!
Here are some strong and as well as week points on Bucharest:

Strong points:
World's fastest Internet- ranked 3rd place in the world
Great social life – pubs, restaurants, good food, cheap beer, good shopping
Good culture life – lots to do and enjoy
No terrorist incidents
Overall crime rates are low
Banking services all over
Pharmacy every 500 m
Beautiful parcs with great playgrounds for kids
Private medical clinics
Good and really really affordable private dental clinics

Week points:
Bad traffic
Polution (but so is in Paris)
Pick pocketing
Bad taxy service (they will overcharge you and drivers are usualy impolite, better use Uber or Black cab)
Street beggers
Overall public hospital services bad organized

Get yourself informed, this is one of the safest cities in Europe and thats a fact... plus it’s fun and affordable.
#Rothi_G on Feb 16, 2018 :
Hello, to anyone reading this!
I am a 29y old Romanian, who works as a simple programmer, and who lived for most of his life in Bucharest (I still do). I am writing this somewhat short text as I feel it is purely necessary. If you really wanna trust a randomer on the internet, think of it as an act of good will. I will explain why.
I was born and grew up in Salajan (the nefarious Salajan). During my years in the University, I went as an Erasmus student to Paris and after Athens. Once I started working I have visited for 1 week each, the following cities: London, Barcelona, Lisbon, Moscow, and Rome (which its like my second home, my parents live and work there... yeah I know).

Now for the truth I which I believe, out of my experience:

1. Bucharest is a shithole. A 1:1 scale representation of a soviet, clammed, overly-crowded, dirty, aggressive, shithole. But I love it. If you are from Bucharest and you know how to deal with it, if you know the "streets" (Salajan...), you can either make a very good living, or die shot down like a rabid doggo. Yes, if you are a decent girl you will get sick of cat calling. Yes, if you have shinny-expensive stuff on you, 100% you are a target. Yes, if you mind your own business you have a huge chance of something shit happening just because. But now number two

2. Romanian are notorious hypocrites. I believe in loving your land and city you grew up in and so forth, but please, stop being cringe. I could spot the Romanians from the comments bellow at only diagonal reading. Romanians will rather lie, cheat, or do anything else, rather than act or admit something obvious. It is a fact. Under anonymity I admit it also as Romanian.

Instead of going through endless stories I have about my beloved city, I will give you a scale of crime I felt in all the cities I went, and also Bucharest, so that you can understand my bias:

1 (safest it can get) - 10 (absolute disaster)

London 6
Barcelona 4
Lisbon 2
Moscow 8
Rome 6

Bucharest 5

Most Romanians will use every cringe method to put Bucharest in a good light.
Most of the good comments bellow from "AMERICANS" and so forth are Romanians.
Average city as tourism shit goes.
Pretty dangerous, dirty, crammed, ugly.
As a person who grew up here I DO NOT RECOMMEND you spend your money here.
#mike on Dec 22, 2017 :
I have been living in Bucharest for 20 years. I have been traveling around the world in over 25 countries on all continents and maybe 30-40 big cities. To say that Bucharest is somehow dangerous means you are very poor informed or didn't travel too much in your life and don't have many references to relay to. is as safe as can be a big city and there are only a few neighborhoods where you shouldn't travel alone at night time...that is it. In 20 years of living here I never had a problem walking alone at night day time there is nothing to fear....but don't get me wrong, is not perfect, but compared to other big cities in the world I don't think I visited one that felt more secure than this one. it's not beautiful, but very safe for a visitor, especially if you take a Uber, Taxify, Blackcab anywhere you want to go.about taxi, yes, can be a problem of overpricing you if they see you are a foreigner, but this can be solved if you are wll informed and talk about the price from the beginning.
#mihaitzateo on Dec 08, 2017 :
I am living in Bucharest for over 35 years.
A very safe city,especially in the last years. Police is patrolling on the streets and we also have the Gendarmery and the Fireworkers. If you have troubles, fast call at 112 and you will get help in minutes.
Yes,the city has a lot of pollution, is noisy,maybe is not the cleanest but is one of the safest capitals in European Union..
#Bianca on Nov 17, 2017 :
So I think you all come from western countries or so, because you have no idea how Romania has changed in the last 28 years. Imagine we were communists, we were not allowed to go outside the country, we had nothing on tv but "Praise the communists" kind of stuff, we had no milk, bread, tampons, gum, and other things that you can buy now from each street corner. After the revolution everyone was able to do anything, and we stopped looking at who ruled the country, out attention being drawn at the things we started to have.

We know that we are ruled by corrupted idiots but do you know how they are elected? Romania is a pretty poor country of old aged people who vote for the ones who promise slightly bigger minimum wages and bigger pensions but are not able to finish a highway. All our young ones leave because they think that things cannot change, but they do because I can see it. I can see improvement.

But all of you living in Bucharest for only 3 years will only see the horrible metro stations, while I see that I can live my life without being in constant fear of someone pulling a gun at me. I have been harassed that's true but this has happened to me in London too, which cannot be compared to Bucharest.

I love my country (but I don't love Bucharest), and you have to see the beauty in it and the virgin areas like the mountains, visit Sibiu, Sighisoara or Cluj-Napoca, meet with the locals, but don't say such mean things about this country without knowing its underlying motives.
#Jared32 on Nov 15, 2017 :
Wanted for a long time to find a place where I could say at least 10% of what I feel after living in Bucharest for nearly 3 years. Seeing comments like these makes me understand I am not really that crazy or a glib.

It is an absurdly shit amd disgusting place to live or even visit. Exactly as other people have said it is astonishing how the Romanians here defend it!!!

First of all I am sorry but I gotta get this off my chest, 95% of Romanians are pussies. They basically have sso many things in this country to exploit and be proud of and they still are dirt poor. Yes! Fucking dirt poor!!! They are phenomenally easy to manipulate and subdue.

Bucharest is very dirty, very very crowded, and truly dangerous. Gipsy gangs made outta kids wreak havok, not to mention the beggars, junkies and adults who steal, rob, cheat and do anything else that is bad. Romania's reaction to this is 0!

#A disgusting gypsy hive on Jul 23, 2017 - this is the comment closest to any of my experience. I have seen people shit alongside their kids or partners in front of a lokomotive in broad daylight. I've had my grocery bag cut in front of me and they stole food. When I kicked them in the mouth, they called the police and gave me the ticket.

Believe me! Do not trust anyone trying to sell you this city as anything else but as a huge giant gutter.

Dear Romanians! I have met wonderful people while living there. Out of my love for those people please take my following words as they are:
Grow a spine and a pair!
You are all extremely weak, man up!
Educate yourself and star working, you poor poor bastard!

You have been warned...
#AnonymousStudent on Nov 09, 2017 :
To all these people saying that Bucharest is one of the safest and niciest cities in Europe (minus the overly proud and arrogant romanians who are spreading propaganda). What the hell are you smoking people?
I've been living in this city for 5 years now and I can't wait to get my degree and get out of this place!
Where should I begin? From the taxis that try to rip you off the moment they guess you are a foreigner or to the average person in public transport that gives you a rude stare the moment they hear you speaking any other language than romanian. And God forbid if you are a decent looking girl walking alone in this city! My girlfriend gets constantly catcalled, harassed and rudely stared at by any perverted and desperate joke that's out there and she never dresses in a provocative way! And it's not just her, every girl I know has at least a story or two to say! Not to mention that we were almost assaulted by a gang of drunken hooligans in broad daylight (13:30 PM) at the entrance of the stefan cel mare metro station! I've never felt more unsafe about my physical well being before in my life! It's no wonder why they sell you pepper sprays in shops in gara de nord without question...
On top of that the traffic is horrendous! Drivers here are absolutely crazy and do not respect the traffic rules and pedestrians at all. The city is also very noisy, the municipality doesn't repect the well being of their own residents, because they will shut off any time they please the water supply and allow excavators and other machines to commence public works all the time up to 3:00 am (say goodbye to a good night's sleep before a long day at work) and will also allow festivals and other events at the heart of the city's residential areas to take place in the weekends, further distrurbing the much needed time for the rest and relaxation of it's hard working residents!
And what's bothering me even more is that the people here have either gotten used to this absurd and inhumane reality saying that ''ce sa facem asa este aici...''.
#Nick Balj on Oct 24, 2017 :
International Romanian here, I've lived in various places as per what my job required.

Bucharest is much safer and less racist than all these other places I've lived in:

#Ella on Sep 03, 2017 :
You feel much safer in Bucharest compared to London and many of the other great capitals of Europe.
#Anonymous on Aug 18, 2017 :
The comment below is a pile of shit.
I, an American, and over 20 of my friends and aquintances have visited Bucharesf many times in the last 5 years for business and pleasure, have used public transportation, taxis, nowadays uber is best and cheaper than the already cheap taxis. It's a lot of fun to be had, great food and a myriad of great places to visit. Yes it has a long way to go, a lot is being renovated. A lot has been renovated and a lot needs it, but it's great, and no earthquake will hit it soon to say the least.
Also a lot of great people. You have your bad apples everywhere, new york city is no different and everyone flocks here cause it's still great despite its share of shit. Nowhere is perfect, but Bucharest is great none the less
#A disgusting gypsy hive on Jul 23, 2017 :
An absolute shithole of a city, if you can name it "a city". Every building is on the brink of collapse, it smells like shit, piss and puke everywhere (I am thinking of the old center right now...). Most of the buildings are not earthquake resistant, actually they are so deteriorated, that they have some signs on them to be avoided. Gypsies are omnipresent and it is extremely expensive for what it offers!

The public transport is a disaster! Its teeming with gypsies which will attack and/or mug you at any second. Nobody does anything about it! Not to mention that the people will basically never help you but rather set you back. If you wanna die a slow and painful death, try the going with the metro.

Do not try to rent a car! I mean it! Believe the news that says it is in top 5 worldwide considering gridlocks. I have seen it with my own eyes, drivers who go to fight another, spitting at each other, yelling, an absolute nightmare!

Confronted with all of this, Romanians will still praise it. Most of the Romanians who praised it seem to come from extremely poor backgrounds, but had a wonderful heart! And somehow I understand them, they do not have any other choice.

If you wanna be truly impressed by Romania, you really have to try the Carpathians. Avoid any major city at all cost.

PS: Avoid the central train station at any costs... There are no words...
#Alin on Aug 10, 2016 :
Romanian (from the East). Lives in Bucharest for about 1 year and all I can say is that I've never felt uncomfortable there. In terms if crime, watch out for scammers and stay away from gyspies (just ignore them, let them talk, nothing will happen). Taxi drivers can be a problem, so I suggest walking back home after a night-out, as the bastards will fleece you with astronimical prices.

Apart from that, the city is one of the safest in Europe, small mugging incidents and the police does its job pretty well.

Car theft is practically inexistent, and don't be afraid that somebody will break your car windows to steal your cd player. Just don't let your wallet on the dashboard.
#Adrian on Oct 15, 2015 :
no worries about car thefts and no worries at all.It is one of the safetiest cities of the world.
#RoyRaminho on Sep 08, 2015 :
I'm Portuguese and I've been living in this city for the last 3 years. Nothing ever happened, and from my feeling of the city - Nothing ever will. I walk at any hour at any place, I don't even become wallet money conscious in this city because I just don't need to.
It's far safer than Lisbon or O'Porto on the other side of Europe.
Public transport is safe as well. Be streetwise, I've never seen #Jim's thing with the Buses - Someone asking for your money and whatnot. Sounds BS to me to be honest but if it happened to him it was something singular I'm sure.Only trouble with the buses is that they carry everyone - Poor people as well, because they're so cheap/freeride.
Taxis are FAR worse than buses, because they are always trying to nail a tourist. I'm streetwise and I can deal with them, and they never tried anything out of the ordinary with me.
#Jim on Jun 21, 2015 :
Hi Andy, I'd suggest not to use public transport especially buses! Taxis are extremely cheap (downtown to airport is 7€ on meter) just always ensure its the cheap taxi by checking the price and have a hotel call it for u and ensure its on the meter they'll otherwise try charging u flat rate. If you're going a long distance then pre negotiate a rate. I usually go from downtown Bucharest to ruse Bulgaria for around 45€.

Buses are havens for fake police that will come and ask u to pay a fine etc.... The buses are dingy so do yourself a favour and take a taxi everywhere.

It's a safe city, just heed the above advice...
#Andy on Jun 15, 2015 :
I am going to Bucharest in October for a weeks holiday. I am going by myself I am safety concious and I am well prepared. I am looking at using the public transport system. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my trip