Crime in Bucharest, Romania

Crime rates in Bucharest, Romania

Level of crime
23.19 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
36.33 Low
Worries home broken and things stolen
23.51 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
25.64 Low
Worries car stolen
18.05 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen
34.75 Low
Worries attacked
22.57 Low
Worries being insulted
34.78 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
14.56 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
28.33 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
35.12 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
15.64 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
77.46 High

Safety in Bucharest, Romania

Safety walking alone during daylight
88.04 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
66.50 High

Contributors: 812

Last update: August 2022

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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14 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jul 02, 2022:
"Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery VERY LOW" haha can't take this page serios
Anonymous on Jun 26, 2022:
Two guys robbed me with machetes hours ago so idk what to say about these stats
Alcatraz on Jun 07, 2022:
I've been living in this city for the entirety of my life. The actual truth is as follows: safe city for men, lowkey dangerous city for women.

Really sad to see men in these comment section unaware of the fact that women experience a completely different treatment. So much for chivalry. If you're only going to count your own perception in this matter (the safety of your own city) you can respectfully go "in pizda ma-tii."
lucian on May 02, 2022:
Dn't use Taxi (yellow cab) use onli uber or alternatives or public transportation . Avoid these neighborhoods Rahova, Ferentari , Pantelimon , Baicului , Aparatori patriei .
In the summer be awere of thef on the streets . Some people are racist on gipsy.. on ethnic religion like muslims but those people have low education.
Stef on Sep 20, 2021:
After visiting all other countries in Europe, go and visit Romania. Please, leave it last as its her place.
People are nice only if benefit from you.
Andrei on Dec 18, 2020:
In Bucharest there are a lot of racist people... they don't speak with you if you are black or muslim
Damian Galvin on Jul 11, 2020:
What a load of old garbage below. These people are delusional. Sincerely. The stats speak for themself. Bucharest, and Romania in general, is by a very long way, the safest and least violent place in Europe and beyond (I can't speak about domestic violence).

1/ check the official stats.
2/ check the 10+ Facebook groups for foreigners and ask, have you ever personally seen a single fight with your own eyes, or someone being attacked. The answer will always be the same. Forget hearsay. 'my cousins friends neighbours boss' blah blah. Go by 1st hand accounts. As a social person, I've spent most of my 13 full time years and previous 4 part time years out and about somewhere or other, till the early hours of the morning. I've stayed in Rahova. I've walked through the city at 3,4,and 5am many times. Since 2003 I have seen a total of zero fights. I've travelled 62 countries, east and west and I've been in fights myself in the UK, US & HK Romania has plenty to moan about, but violent crime or safety is not one of them. Yes, the police don't care about thefts because capture is almost certainly impossible. But equally, it's rare, and we don't have the same over-presence we have in the UK. How many country's parks do you see single 18yo females jogging around alone at midnight? I can wait.
Alan (traveling the world since my earliest years) on Apr 07, 2019:
Carpatia and Strain speak the truth

Visited Bucharest twice: once in 88, before the fall of Caecescu and once in 2018. The state of Romania in the Eastern block was disastrous: Little food, sad people, corrupt police who were extremely rude to me and my wife. They’d stand in line for hours to get a box of food.
Since then, Romania has changed but very superficially. The police changed uniforms but are still as rude and despicable as before (yelled at us for our documents and were uninterested when our luggage was robbed while we were looking for a taxi). Trash everywhere. The people who were so dreary now blare loud music out of their cars and catcall constantly. Having talked to Romanian friends back home, they mentioned how glad they are that they left their country. If you want to visit or live in Bucharest wait for the country to develop out of a post-communist crimehole to a decent, modern country.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2019:
To stupid, ugly Carpatia: Men are not your personal disposable "bodyguards" you stupid "princess", get off your high horse, wipe the shit from your ass and the vomit from your blouse and learn some basic english. Carpatia: Oh, i'll use my husband on Monday and my boyfriend on Tuesday and my son on Wednesday and on Thursday i' ll take all of them in bed." Any man stupid enough to risk his life for you would be a delusional schizophrenic!
Carpatia on Nov 29, 2018:
I used just one single time a public transportation(Subway) during 23years of living in Bucharest. Public transportations are usually very crowded, dirty and outdated. Taxis are cheap, but everytime when they have chance try to cheat you, and more than half of taxi drivers have criminal like behaviour. Uber is best of best. 90% of Uber drivers are nice, very safe and have clean cars. If you don't have Uber option, avoid taxi, and take public transportation with some grade of caution. For woman, it is not safe at night. Go out always with your bodyguards(Husband, Boyfriend or Son) when you go out at night time. Some cities are safe even for women at night as described other foreigners.
Strain on Nov 29, 2018:
Romanian Mass-media very often showing foreigners interviews mainly appreciating Romania and Romanians. Such orchestrated interview misleads Romanians by themselves that they are very kind, smart and heartful. That is partially true. Exist racism in Romania. Most of them hate Gipsy people because most of them are either engaged on organized crimes or organized beggar system. Quite large population hates Chinese, because they are many and most of them are engaged in small business, and implicated in tax evasion issues, and also their Gipsylike behaviours causes problems. Northern part of Bucharest is rich and much civilized. Most of foreigners feel safe in such area. As a foreigner, I am living in outskirt of Bucharest. Except on few really kind people most of inhabitants are invidious and worthless to comment. Often a group of young jobless people shouting in front of my house yelling "get out of Romania, go to your country, don't steal our jobs etc." Quite interesting, I am working in highly qualified position, and not paid in Romania. Neighbours are throwing all kind of embarassing rubishes in front of my gate. Even dead cat, dogs and hens. I never had arguments with neighbours, and everytime when I was asked to help, I helped them. Couple of neighbours found jobs arranged by me, few people asked to borrow money, and I never asked back. I offered free water supply and electricity for new comming neighbours etc. I have really good relationship with neighbours who I helped while I never asked help without compensation. It is true if you go to province like Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and other smaller cities, people is really kind and heartful. But you cannot expect such thing in Bucharest and its surrounding area. Bucharest is not suitable, also, for Women. If an young woman or girl(high-teen) walks alone, drivers are horning, catcall, insult, harrsses. My girls and wife experience almost everyday, and it became a part of normal life in Bucharest. Walking alone in Bucharest, as a man, is not problem regardless day or night. But as a woman, it could be quite unpleasant.
Overall, Bucharest is not so safe as most of Romanians are believe by themselves, but not so catastrophic as described some of foreign buddies here. Other part of Romania, especially western cities like Cluj, Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov etc. are really pleasant to live. People is nice and cities are much safer than Bucharest. As a foreigner, if you want to stay perfectly safe in Bucharest, take a home in Sector 1 area(north), and don't go further than Unirii area to south, not further than Marriott hotel to West, not further than Piata Muncii to East.
carpatia on Nov 29, 2018:
Living in Romania-Bucharest for 23 years. It is quite common to experience verbal aggression in Bucharest. I have experienced one single physical violence from a Taxi driver(who was not Gipsy) during an argument who was extremely aggressive, but without injury. Generally, verbal aggression is common even to foreigners but rare in physical violence though I saw couple of times street fighting among Romanians but during 23 years of staying. Pick-pocketing is quite common, but personally one single time have experienced. Generally, it is much safer than Uk, Bulgaria or Greece(Athens) where I felt real threatens.
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.