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Crime in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Crime rates in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Level of crime
72.92 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
74.15 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
53.88 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
70.38 High
Worries car stolen
58.11 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
66.44 High
Worries attacked
56.51 Moderate
Worries being insulted
46.17 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
63.07 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
69.67 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
70.90 High
Problem corruption and bribery
87.11 Very High

Safety in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Safety walking alone during daylight
60.93 High
Safety walking alone during night
26.23 Low

Contributors: 267

Last update: May 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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16 Comments so far

#Agustin on Apr 28, 2018 :
Buenos Aires is not like the rest of Argentina, you should be extra careful when going to Buenos Aires, I would recommend you to do the following. Stick to the fancy areas, those are Palermo, Puerto Madero and Recoleta. There's plenty of nice things there, nightclubs, nice restaurants, places to see and things to do. But stick to those places. If you go to some places after 8 o'clock you're basically asking to get robbed. The only relief is that homicide is not a common thing in Argentina, if you get mugged, just hand your wallet.
##Emmanuel on Feb 12, 2018 :
Hello to all. It's not my first time in Buenos Aires (it's my 8th visit to the city), and I have travelling extensively to Middle East, central asia, SE Asia, and almost all Latin america (Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico)
But today Sunday 11 February 2018,I have been aggressed in Ave Pte Roque S.Pena (at 2.35 PM in broad daylight), and at 100 meters from the obelisk. There was a men that came from my back, I haven't seen him, he kick my leg to make me fall, then he start to kick me with his fist, and attempted to take my watch. At first I resisted and try to hit his leg, but he continued to hit my face. Saying : quierto quierto , so fearing he would hit my face with his shoes, I let him take my watch. It wa s big mistake, as I should have let the watch in the safe of the hotel room. That laden also steal me a plastic bag, with small purchase on the St Elmo market where I was 45 minutes ago.

But either he had no time, or really he was a stupid ladron (theft in spanish). He gladly didn't took my I Phone, neither my money,or the single credit card I had on my shirt pocket (by security all others credit card were in my hotel room safe).

Glad I had just a bit of blood leaking from my nose, but no nose broken, no ribs broken, and no theeths broken. Just my lips a bit bigger. Witnesser called the police that arrive pretty fast, but despite I could recognize my aggressor, the CCTV camera in Buenos Aires, are for most of them purely decorative. I then spent 2 hours in the Comissaria 03 de Buenos Aires, where they did a good job (I do speak averagely well spanish, and it helps, because police do speak ONLY spanish).

The Government should improve drastically CCTV, and again increase the number of Police in the street, despite, I agree with other comment, there is now in 2018 more police staff in the streets than in previous year, but today was a Sunday, so maybe this explain that.....

Reading previous post, I understand that I shall consider lucky to be almost not physically harmed, as some tourist have been beaten to blood, or attack with knives. I also read a post about a french photographer that was stabbed to death in front of the monument on Guerra de Malvinas in 2012, toget his camera stolen.

But I understand that I have few chance of getting my belongings back.

So travellers, exert extreme caution, even walking alone in broad daylight, left your watch at the hotel.Just carry small amount of pesos, no credit card, no passeport. I had my Belgian ID Card in my pocket. I still have it
I bet larger group of foreigner walking together close to each other ,are harder to target, but it is just an opinion..

If you got more expensive purchase to do, hire a taxi,or an hotel car, go direct to the place you have to go, ask the car to wait you, then return to your hotel.

Walking is great in BA it's a beautiful city, but with empty pocket, and bare wirst.

If I had a suggestion, I would say to the government that ounce a petty criminal had been identified, he should be taken finger prints, and got a 3D scan of his face & body + a DNA sample, and then crosschecking the information with a London alike CCTV network from any events happening in the streets, will make criminality drop, especially if penal time is increase a lot for those who brake the law. Recurrent petty criminal shall also be forced to wear bracelet that they could not remove, and that would help the police to locate them, any time, ounce they have ended up the prison time.

A safer world comes at a cost.
#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
Bernal
Quilmes
Berazategui
Guillermo Hudson
Florencio Varela
San Francisco Solano
Lanus
Dock Sud
Avellaneda
(Long List)
Gerli
Gregorio de Laferrere
Merlo
Benavidez
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