Crime in Cartagena, Colombia

Crime rates in Cartagena, Colombia

Level of crime
66.35 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
71.15 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
48.08 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
63.89 High
Worries car stolen
46.15 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
62.50 High
Worries attacked
52.00 Moderate
Worries being insulted
51.00 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
20.00 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.00 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
54.63 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
61.02 High
Problem corruption and bribery
69.79 High

Safety in Cartagena, Colombia

Safety walking alone during daylight
65.74 High
Safety walking alone during night
43.27 Moderate

Contributors: 27

Last update: April 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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3 Comments so far
Richard on Apr 20, 2018:
I also see people commenting about rent but I'll tell you one thing I pay 450 pesos for a private room next to a house with a large metal gate and I pay the equivalent of $161 us and it has air conditioning refrigerator or small stove with two burners Wi-Fi television and my own bathroom water and electricity but you can look anywhere you want and live anywhere you want I'm just saying that some people are so want to custom to trying to go out and Scout for a good deal that they'd rather complain about how much they pay.

The food that I eat is very good and a third of the price of what I pay in the United States with the exception of some products like juices and yogurt which seem to be over the top here but if you live reasonably and stop thinking like a gringo you can do really well.
Richard on Apr 20, 2018:
I've been living in Cartagena for under a year and have lived in the barrio called Bosque, I ride the buses almost everyday to the beach or to the city center and although I've had several people on the bus tell me never to use my phone on the bus I do and I've never felt threatened. I'm 64 years old but really buff and tall and as I walk the streets even in my area I don't look like a gringo other than my skin color because I dress really casually...

I would say that I also use Street smarts and don't walk down certain Ali's but even the homeless people digging through garbage just ignore me,..

All of that can change in the blink of an eye but I use basic Street smarts don't take out a lot of money and don't travel with my phone at night
DSK on Jun 21, 2017:
With Cartagena looking to increase foreign tourism, how much of their crime problems, especially violent robberies and "Paseos Americanos" kidnappings until your ATM is drained, is the government covering up?

Is it really safe to visit on vacation if someone exercises reasonable caution? e.g., Wear no jewelry, not carry any cell phones or expensive cameras, etc. and avoid the slums?

DSK