Crime in Cebu, Philippines

Crime rates in Cebu, Philippines

Level of crime
54.04 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
55.40 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
52.84 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
54.49 Moderate
Worries car stolen
39.56 Low
Worries things from car stolen
48.10 Moderate
Worries attacked
48.70 Moderate
Worries being insulted
40.89 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
32.88 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
65.38 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
57.57 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
52.86 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
71.12 High

Safety in Cebu, Philippines

Safety walking alone during daylight
65.61 High
Safety walking alone during night
43.13 Moderate

Contributors: 140

Last update: April 2023

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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8 Comments so far
Gabe on Nov 04, 2020:
I visited Cebu a few times over the past 10 years as a tourist from the USA. I've never felt unsafe in the city. If you want to take pictures, just bring a simple point and shoot camera or use your phone. I wouldn't really recommend taking a DSLR camera with you as that can attract attention. Make sure you keep your wallet deep inside your pocket and preferably in the front pockets. Also, don't wear anything that'll scream "I'm a tourist". As with any city, just mind your own businesses, be aware of your surroundings, and you'll be fine.

Cebu is an awesome city. It has lots to offer and the people are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.
Ray on Oct 25, 2020:
You can get robbed or have your stuff stolen even in a hotel. There are lots of people who don't care about making the place safe. Just another government who don't give an f. And the floods are terrible in some areas.
Amos A Doctor on Mar 25, 2020:
Its embrassing to say but im black american but i feel at home there.
Im about to marry my philipino woman. When this corvid19 is over with God im coming home. The vibe is just love.
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Saorise M. on Mar 11, 2020:
I lost things here and even worse, the locals told me a lot of foreigners get their gadgets stolen around this area and yet NOBODY BOTHERS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Only great part is the outskirts nature but the rest? Nothing special. Too crowded, unorganized city, reminds me of Tondo in manila. Very disappointed with this place, I've heard so many good things only to be greeted with traffic and danger.
I'm 23 years old and I've lived here in Cebu for 3 years I came here at 19 originally on a trip and met my wife ,anyway all I wanted to say these men in the comments are a bunch of pussies y'all must be retarded to get scammed and get into the situations you have ... That's your own fault .. if you're a old man stay in your country everybody knows most of you are sick fucks just trying to be with a 18 year old LOL
Nonameforsafety on Nov 04, 2019:
Cebu is not safe for Americans,in rural areas BOGO,Americans have no rights and may be threatened by officials.Be careful what u say or do,many murders,threats
Pedro on Sep 05, 2019:
We got attacked by some teenagers around mango av, their main goal wasn't only to robbe but to cause the most damage in my dody, they left me un cuncius and still were kiced me in the head, they only took my cellphone but left with hearing lost
Djdon on Jun 12, 2019:
Interesting to read. It’s now june 2019 and crime is bad. A lot if the killings are by the police themselves, part of Duterte’s drug war, which hasn’t had a major impact although some will disagree. The violence just keeps ramping up and up. I’m a foreigner living here about four years after visiting for about 10. Yeah, it’s pretty fucked up here as some have noted. Lots of good peeps, but lots who just want something from you. If you are a are rich. It is a culture that is rotting if you ask me. Respect for others, for elders and all that is just evaporating. It’s become a very selfish, self-centred culture where greed rules the day. Corruption, although you may never really experience it as a visitor is pervasive from the very top to the very bottom. I’ve never felt particularly unsafe, but yeah certain areas, night time I just would not go. Groups of guys drinking or individuals who are drunk, stay far away. They like to drink here and fancy themselves good drinkers, but they are NOT! Easily provoked and easy to pull out a knife or gun. That’s the other problem, way too many guns floating about. Every single week I read about someone being killed by a motorcycle passenger shooting someone (known as riding in tandem). It’s a great place to visit, just be common sense careful, but as a place to live...forget it. I reckon this place, sadly becoz there’s lots of good educated people here, will be a third world basket case for many years to come - largely becoz of the utterly corrupt, greedy, self-serving political and economic elite that have much to lose if this country ever developed properly. In the meantime, it’s about grabbing whatever you can at whatever level you are at in society...and that has its obvious impacts, some of which you may or may not experience coming to this country.