Crime in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Crime rates in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Level of crime
74.52 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
76.04 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
53.96 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
71.62 High
Worries car stolen
58.10 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
65.40 High
Worries attacked
56.12 Moderate
Worries being insulted
42.97 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
15.74 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
62.68 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
70.14 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
72.82 High
Problem corruption and bribery
87.86 Very High

Safety in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Safety walking alone during daylight
57.26 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
25.43 Low

Contributors: 580

Last update: June 2021

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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15 Comments so far
Philip on Jan 06, 2020:
#Lilian although u have visited many times Argentina u cant say us safer than USA cus is not. If u have not lived in a country same years as u have lived in USA u cant compare
Brenton on Dec 19, 2019:
I visited Buenos Aries last month and was robbed at gun point while walking along the street in San Telmo. A car pulled up next to me, 4 guys jumped out (1 with a gun) pointed it to my head and told me to give him my phone. I obliged but was a bit shaken up after that!
Ethan Castro on Oct 29, 2019:
I've been robbed before. it was not nice..... not at all.
jose on May 12, 2019:
I have met many people that have been robbed in BA, even at gunpoint. Despite of this, I would like to visit.
Lilian on Nov 07, 2018:
I grew up in the USA (Miami). Born in BSAS. I have visited many times Argentina and can tell you that crime in Argentina is much, much less than in USA!!!
Fernando on Sep 17, 2018:
To #bbert: This is a website to inform about Buenos Aires safety perceptions. Please keep your disgusting, retrograde and misogynist comments to yourself. And don't forget to ask the ladies in the brothel if they are working there consensually, as sex trafficking in very high in Argentina unfortunately.
bbert on Aug 27, 2018:
Every crisis is an opportunity! Little portenitas to put in the brothel! Don't miss the great life!
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
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