Crime in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Crime rates in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Level of crime
73.17 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
76.08 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
54.22 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
71.55 High
Worries car stolen
59.62 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
67.29 High
Worries attacked
56.36 Moderate
Worries being insulted
45.18 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
17.00 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
63.74 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
70.46 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
71.51 High
Problem corruption and bribery
87.33 Very High

Safety in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Safety walking alone during daylight
61.47 High
Safety walking alone during night
26.29 Low

Contributors: 234

Last update: December 2017

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

#jack on Nov 03, 2017 :
#B0ca_jUniors all those places are in the province of buenos aires not in the city of buenos aires
#Jorge on Oct 30, 2017 :
Hy guys
I would like to take my family and live in argentina where could it be the best place to live with 2 kids concerning schools universities and safety and normale place not expensive or cheap
#Guanaco on Oct 10, 2017 :
I was robbed of our passports, wallet, expensive handbag and computer
#Mataderos Republik on Jun 24, 2017 :
Some of the rates in my opinion are exaggerated, Buenos Aires is not extremely dangerous.
#B0ca_jUniors on Jun 07, 2017 :
I grew up around the San José, Bernal area of Buenos Aires, located in th south of the city, dividing the two largest districts, Lomas De Zamora and Quilmes. This was a poor dangerous area. I would reccomend staying in the Northern area of the city (Palermo, Belgrano, Recoleta, Tigre) which is a wealthy area and very crowded. Avoid the following areas in the city of buenos aires:
San Jose
Guillermo Hudson
Florencio Varela
San Francisco Solano
Dock Sud
(Long List)
Gregorio de Laferrere
Marquinista Savio

The list is endless, but generally avoid dodgy looking suburbs in the north, and just avoid the whole sourth and west, and you will be fine. also be careful, just because an area is rich doesn't mean that there won't be a poor person from the shantytown next to it trying to pick-pocket you.
#Helena on Jun 01, 2017 :
I went to Buenos Aires with my family and we almost got robbed over there and those people got away and the police couldn't catch them so they're still roaming around in the street of Buenos Aires and who knows if they might try to rob someone else? I suggest not to go there because it could be very dangerous
#David on Feb 21, 2017 :
Hi, guys.

I need to state this at first: safety is a perception, on one side, and a fact on the other. Have you been robbed? I did, once, and it was bad. That is a fact. Do I feel safe? That is another story. Well, as some people said: yes, you just need to be not silly.

I used to live Buenos Aires, in a poor neighborhood called Villa Rosa, close to Pilar. Yes, a poor place. I grew up there; I come from a humble family. I never liked living there: no asphalt, no sidewalks, muddy streets, dogs all over the place. Not good.

However, that was my daily basis, my reality. I did not know anything else, and for some people, they might never know anything else.

Nowadays I live in another place and I can see how different it can be. Is it better? Yes, sure. Though, I may live in a "safer" place today, and it might be just awesome to me... locals would think this place is not safe at all. In fact, it scored pretty close to Buenos Aires. How in the world? Well, back to my point, they compare what they know of, and this is why safety is a perception, but facts are facts.

I do not think people’s opinion may really help. There will always be bad experiences everywhere, as good people and bad people.

Would I go back and live in BA again? Sure. Why? Because I know the ‘rules’: avoid using something that may call everybody’s attention, do not flaunt. If you have expensive stuff, do not carry it on your hands all over the place like expensive cameras or an unusual watch. Can you have them? Yes, but be careful.
As you can imagine this applies for every place, right? Because you can be robbed even on the best places if you are not paying attention. And of course, avoid going to those bad places in bad times.

Hope that helps.
#Simon on Dec 28, 2016 :
We went to Buenos Aires as a couple. We were attacked in a busy street in broad daylight and robbed.
The violence used was severe even against the lady with me. Do yourself a favour go some place else.
#Anonymous on Nov 16, 2016 :
Pudhorzer, as the other guy said, is very wrong. He is biased by a clear, disgusting political agenda. The previous president was a latin american pseudo-fascist opposed to free speech and directed her followers towards a common enemy: a media conglomerate called Clarín, which spoke very harshly against the government. Much can be said against said media conglomerate, but facts don't care about political agendas. Crime rate during the previous government was at an all-time high. Reports were shut down, reporters were censored and the majority of people don't report crimes to the police as they don't see the point in doing so because corruption makes them inefficient and idiotic, thus, official statistics were distorted.

Things are getting slowly better, specially in Buenos Aires, but they are far from great.

If you're thinking about visiting, thou, don't worry too much. This is, thankfully and by some sort of miracle, not Venezuela or South Africa. Just don't be an idiot, don't pretend like you're in Toronto, and stay safe. That means taking an uber or an easy taxi at night is probably a good idea, specially because you don't know the city, you don't know the no-go zones. We're living here just fine, and so should you. This is a beautiful, amazing, vibrant, cool city to visit. It's also one of the greatest places in the world to get shitfaced at night, so there's that.

Bottomline is: If you do decide to visit, have some common sense and you'll be just fine. Also, if you hear someone mentioning "Clarín", they're probably a brainwashed tool and you should probably not listen to the bumbling, idiotic comments they make.
#Maximiliano on Apr 05, 2016 :
Yo vivo en Tigre, Gran Buenos Aires y la verdad es que acá no hay mucho crimen. En el centro de Buenos Aires, ahi se pone un poco mas peligroso. Y ni que hablar de noche, lamentablemente por las politicas llevadas durante la ultima década Argentina ha decaído mucho.
#Anonymous on Feb 19, 2016 :
Podhorzer is wrong and clearly biased by his agenda. The crime level in Argentina is extremely high and it's really dangerous to live in here.
#Facundo on Jan 18, 2015 :
The same as every large city.
Usually commercial areas at night can be more dangerous than residential areas.
Just use the common sense
#Podhorzer on Dec 30, 2014 :
This is just perceptions. With the media conglomerate Clarin still powerful, you will always have this kind of skewed "crime everywhere" results.
#Anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 :
I just returning from Buenos Aires, no problen at all, I tey to be a normal person, no fancy jewerly, or clothes....never so large amount of cash when paying for my meals, I had a great time i think if you have comn sense and will be fine