Crime in Cebu, Philippines

Crime rates in Cebu, Philippines

Level of crime
55.22 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
55.30 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
52.16 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
53.84 Moderate
Worries car stolen
38.75 Low
Worries things from car stolen
47.51 Moderate
Worries attacked
48.23 Moderate
Worries being insulted
40.79 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
32.17 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
65.22 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
57.17 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
52.80 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
69.96 High

Safety in Cebu, Philippines

Safety walking alone during daylight
67.03 High
Safety walking alone during night
42.65 Moderate

Contributors: 121

Last update: June 2020

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.

Leave a comment:

Your name: Sign In

Your email address (optional):

Your comment (no HTML):

22 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.
Thumps up
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.
〜 Sumisu on Dec 18, 2018:
I'm an experienced traveler and have no problem with my own safety ,I'm 68 years of age lone traveler, came across a problem while camping on a beach in Jubay Liloan Cebu in November this year. I had run out of camping gaz for my stove. Asking around I found a guy who showed me where to get a cylinder . we walked about fifteen minutes to a compound of about 5 (huts or one might call them nippa houses) and one larger built house. children of all ages running about and more coming attracted by the foreigner visiting. There i saw three large LPG cylinder containers in the court yard. I was led to a small lock up filled with rusty gas cans . I was asked for my empty gas container and replied that I had thrown it away. "No problem" said the guy and he picked up a rusty can , proceeded over to the large Butane cylinder and decanted a measure of gas into the small rusty cylinder and asked for 25 peso. I was gobsmacked not at the price but at the dangerous practice of decanting into rusty tins , children running around freely laughing and enjoying themselves. Got back to the beach and the shock got me. I didn't eat that night and had a few "Red Horse" instead. I remembered the explosion that had happened a few years back in Manila that killed 4 and injured more than 40 from the blast with children left limbless.
Shawn on Nov 08, 2018:
Cebu is full of scammers, prostitutes, thieves, diarrhea and fever. First time in Lapu-Lapu the streets had no side walks and dangerous. Hotel security guards wouldn’t stay out my business when females came to visit me. Relocated to Fuente Cebu city next to “Mango city”, met a really nice ladyboy that claimed he does the best body massages of all. The guy talked me into a room massage than stole $500 out of my backpack. I was walking in the park and seemed safe until someone was stabbed to death at night. So far a Filipino business man 45 was shot to death and robbed, and two Cebu taxi drivers were robbed shot and killed. America has the same problems but it’s not could for tourism to be in an unsafe place. Sorry, but the poverty is to deep in Cebu to the point you can’t trust anyone. Everyone thinks your a rich American and they don’t realize I have to drive a fuel tanker truck 12 hours a day M-F. No one gives me nothing and the people of Cebu act like I owe them something. I have to work hard for every dollars and maybe that’s the problem of the Philippines, many people are lazy and not working for their money but rather beg or rob someone. I grew up in the ghetto to in America and understand poverty and hunger. I will probably never return to the Philippines because to rob your tourist injuries the entire country, and when you lose trust no one will come. I was never robbed in Thailand and those people are just poor but have better values and honesty. Here in the Philippines any chance to take money from you because of your mistake they will just steal it. Well, I got two souvenirs and look forward to going back to America. Next trip Bali or maybe Dominican Republic. Sorry, if some Filipinos don’t like my post but I’m being real, who wants to visit a country where you can’t trust anyone. I’m also laying in bed from diarrhea and fever because the food is so unhealthy. Everything is fried and very oily, next best choice is McDonalds and KFC. Well, I did get a lot of girls here and that was the perk of the Philippines. That alone beats America because are women are so crappy, so my visit wasn’t completely bad. And I did meet some nice people, but like I said you can’t trust anyone.
Expats Bewate on Oct 12, 2018:
We need to identify a husband and wife scam team that target expats in Cebu, Joanne Redoble Apuhin and Chris Ian Desabille Apuhin are regular scammers. Chris Apuhin and Joanne Apuhin are from Bantayan Island, they try and befriend foreigners to steal their identity or use sextortion. Linked to identity theft, prostitution, fraud and many fake scam business. Beware these two, search their names to see their pics to protect yourselves, they are identified on many scam sites. Hope this stops another scam against tourists and expats
Ivan on Jul 24, 2018:
Lot of comments, if you look for such safe place like heaven then go to Libya, Syria and Afghanistan.
Ivan on Jul 24, 2018:
Lot of comments, if you look for such safe place like heaven then go to Libya, Syria and Afghanistan.
Jon on Jun 28, 2018:
Never have felt threatened or had any problems here in the Philippines, however I don't go to bars or walk around late. I maintain situational awareness as I would anywhere, and act respectfully. Most people are very friendly and courteous.
Anonymous on Jun 27, 2018:
I've been to Cebu on two occasions, and I've never felt unsafe. That being said, it's important to understand you're not in your home country, especially if you're from the west, and take appropriate precautions. Go withsome locals if you can. For instance, you are way more likely to get robbed on the public buses (Jeepneys) than in a taxi or uber, so dodge those and pay the extra fee for a taxi. Otherwise a really fun city, the people are super friendly!
#TagaCebu on May 12, 2018:
I am from Cebu, born and raised. Cebu is a beautiful place, we got lots of beautiful white sand beaches and accessible to amazingly breathtaking nearby islands such as Bantayan, Malapascua, Sumilon and many islets between Cebu and other island provinces such going to Bohol, Masbate and Siquijor. Cebu City is the second next to Manila in terms of the cities development. About safety, like anywhere else except UAE, where you can rarely encounter robbers or pick pocketing, drunk and homeless in the streets; in Cebu we do have them, but you just have to vigilant, look after yourself, don't show off flashy accessories, dress down in downtown areas like Colon, Carbon, Sikatuna, etc. And be aware of no-go zones esp. During the night such as Hidden places in Carbon, Ermita, A.Lopez street near Happy Valley, B Rodriguez St, etc. There are lot of safer places you can go Sugbo Mercado, Park Mall, Mango Ave. , Ayala Business Park, IT Park, Lahug etc. Keeping this in mind, you should be fine.
VCrim on Jan 14, 2018:
The biggest concern in Cebu is the fact that a lot of locals have a tendency of taking advantage of those who don't know any better, typically by overcharging them (usual victims are obvious foreigners). Then again, you can find that in many places here in the Philippines.

I usually go out late at night to travel to work, and it's been relatively safe so far. Though, I would advice to be vigilant of your surroundings. It only takes one bad thing to happen to you to threaten your life.
John44 on Nov 20, 2017:
Early this year I spent my holidays in Cebu. I met a nice and cute girl and had a good time with her. She would like me to settle there and stay with her. I have 2 major doubts. The most obvious one is how to find out if she really wants me or if she is more interested in my bank account. But the second doubt is about safety and environment. She is a full member of this Alpha Kappa Rho Sorority: in order to be admitted she had to suffer a lot (painful paddling and was burnmarked with a hot coin on her right wrist). I heard that part of this Akhro people is violent and dangerous. What is the risk to stay with an Akrho girl and acceptance by her fraternity friends?
Devin on May 11, 2017:
I'm an American, and I visited Cebu City, Oslob, Moalboal, and Camotes Island in February of 2017. At no point did I have any trouble or even feel like I might be in any danger. I was aware of my surroundings, and I knew the potential risks. I walked the streets at night and had nothing but a great time. The people were friendly, helpful, engaging, and respectful. There are dangers anywhere you travel. As long as you are respectful and don't make yourself a target you'll be fine. Common sense goes a long way. If you lack common sense, I'd say traveling ANYWHERE is not a good idea for you. Cebu is a fun, wonderful, beautiful place and I can't wait to return in a few months.
Pat on Mar 20, 2017:
Love cebu love the people and my partner is from cebu. Safety is about people being stupid. Would rather be there than anywhere in USA for sure.

I am Australian and love this country but there are plenty of places you don't go here. Its just about being smart and respect people in their home.

Hope to live in Cebu soon.
Lars on Feb 10, 2017:
I have been living in Cebu for 16 years. Been to the worst places drunk, never happened anything serious. I was pickpocked once by a gang of muslim(?)children, not Cebuanos. Extreamly cleaver, no threats involved, only distraction.

I had the vallet in my pocket, it was full of money and credit cards, 30 seconds of distration while buying cigarettes from a street wendor in Mango street 2am. When i drive home my valet is on the floor of the car. Thje money is gone but all cards left. Like magic.

Another incident 5 years earlier, I was out driving 3am with my car, right side window open. Talked with some street children thru the window and one of them took my cellphone lying on the right side chair.

Stupid me!

I went to the police station togetheer with some other street children at 3.30am. The police and the other street children found my cellphone in Pasil (a no-go zoon for foreigners and local cebuanos) and I got it back and the perpetrators were catched. At the police station the police asked me if I wanted to press charges.

I said no. And gave the street children helping me a full McDonalds meal each (which is a 5-star treat for the poor). I mean guys, in what other place in the world would the police bother to catch cellphone thiefs and get your cellphone back within 1-2 hours. It is outlandish amazing awesome.

Cebu is even safer now, after President Duterte was installed 2016. Crimerate has fallen dramatically all over the country. The government services is faster than in the so called developed world.

There are no-go zones like Pasil and Ermita and Carbon market, and some more, stay away from those places. Even locals do that. Common sence. If someone say to you "My friend!" Don't answer, say nothing, don't look that is the fastest way to get rid of street pedlers. But they are very few now since Duterte was installed.

The City of Davao, President Dutertes hometown, is the 6th safest city in the world. Go there if you want to be 95% safe and secure. It is also clean as Singapore, no bad smell. If you want to be 100% safe, you better go to heaven, but then you got to die first :)
Barry on Nov 12, 2016:
QUESTION OF SAFETY: How safe would it be for a Filipina traveling alone with 1/2 Caucasian small daughters to visit relative in Cebu for several weeks during the holidays?