Crime in Chicago, IL, United States

Crime rates in Chicago, IL, United States

Level of crime
78.16 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
70.12 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
57.64 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
65.42 High
Worries car stolen
54.60 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
63.92 High
Worries attacked
61.62 High
Worries being insulted
60.83 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
47.20 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
70.44 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.90 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
70.83 High
Problem corruption and bribery
71.90 High

Safety in Chicago, IL, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
56.17 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
24.69 Low

Contributors: 246

Last update: September 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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13 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Sep 04, 2018 :
This site alone proves that Chicago is not one of the safest cities in the world.
It has a higher murder rate than most countries.
Gun violence is not isolated to the southwest either, no matter what a local might tell you. Look at the crime maps...
#Felando Thigpen on Aug 06, 2018 :
Chicago is a wonderful city, and ranked as one of the safest cities in the world. Statistics confirm Chicago is safer overall than 90% of major cities in the world. You have a greater chance of being murdered in Dallas Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas City, Missouri, etc. than Chicago. Chicago is a diverse, vibrant, and very educated city. University of Chicago, UIC, Depaul, Northwestern are some of America's highest ranked universities. Gun violence is isolated to mostly 5 to 7 blocks on Chicago's South Side. Other areas are relatively safe. College educated millennials are flocking to Chicago because it is rife with life. Do not listen to people who have not been there, or watched over sensationalized stories, or visited Chicago a week.
#Stewart Polonski on Jun 11, 2018 :
I'm Andy Polonski's brother, and I'm afraid that Andy was shot and killed by the same gangs he mentioned on May 19th. Because police officers were of no help, he was chased by gang members and shot him without hesitation. My family told me that his body were riddled with bullets, and the gangs even laughed at my dead brother, which goes to show there are people who are callous and heartless, and they'll go as far as to shoot, kidnap or even rape children without any remorse, much less feel sorry for themselves. There are safer areas in the US that isn't filled with ghetto trash with the wrong people who have their expressions with the intent to rob and kill. Chicago is a total cesspool in itself.

R.I.P. my brother.
#Andy Polonski on Apr 14, 2018 :
To the people who say that Chicago is safe and crime-free need serious mental help. I had my house vandalized with gang tags, my car being broken into, especially with the car windows and lights being smashed altogether. Even 911 was of no help, even officers scoffed it off as if it was nothing serious and told me off instead of investigating. Even my house was broken into, with some of my important valuables stolen. STAY AWAY FROM CHICAGO IF YOU CAN!
#Anonymous on Sep 21, 2017 :
Wow Chicago aint all that Bad, After I looked at where am from... Be thankful tho!
#Robert on Jul 14, 2017 :
Don't be fooled that Chicago crime is only in certain areas. Chicago police focus on high crime areas so the thugs go everywhere else. I am a life long resident who is sick of sugar coating the truth. My advice is to investigate where you will be visiting and always watch your back. Tourists are targets.
#- - on May 30, 2017 :
Baloney the fact this isnt higher is pure baloney every other new story is about chicago and violence they say worst in years
#Lucas Schmidt on Mar 16, 2017 :
Never have I felt ashamed of my own hometown, especially with skyrocketing crime rates since Trump won. My sister wasn't just robbed, but my car was completely vandalized as well. Whoever thought of Chicago being as the "safest big city in America" should educate themselves and re-evaluate it.

To make matters worse, emergency responders were VERY unhelpful, even cops just drove past by as if its not a big deal, even though my sister was repeatedly pleading for help. They told her to lay off and gave me a stern look by reminding me that I should've gotten insurance for my car that was destroyed by those hoodlums. Yes, I got insurance, but said insurance doesn't cover VANDALISM!

I mean in all honesty, this isn't even an American dream whatsoever. In any case, its an American nightmare.
#Emilia Pasek on Sep 07, 2016 :
I have a comment to make.
So one thing I noticed is that it said that all crime was high in Chicago, which is not true. The homicide rate is the only thing that is higher than other types of crime than most of the big cities in the U.S. I have have lived in Chicago my entire life and I am disappointed to see people say that Chicago is way worse than cities such as New York and Los Angeles. And honestly, the crime is mainly centered in specific neighborhoods on the South Side, and even on the south side there are some good neighborhoods, like Pilsen, Kenwood, and Hyde Park. The West Side does have some violence, but not as much as some other neighborhoods. The North Side has some robberies here and there, but I live on the North Side and crime in general is something people living there never worry about. All in all, I agree with #The media darling for murder and I think Chicago is mistreated by the media as a crime-ridden city even though the murder rate is nowhere near that of cities in South America. #Mark, I understand what you are saying about the gang violence, and that's always a problem in big cities. Also how many of you live in Chicago.
#Mark on Jul 09, 2016 :
Chicago has a lot of gang violence, mostly south and west side, but some on the north side too. Armed robberies are the biggest concern. Downtown, gold coast and other north side areas had a 60% increase in robberies in the last year, partly from more police being reassigned to rougher neighborhoods. Those areas didn't improve and the north side got worse.
#John lynch on Jan 26, 2016 :
This place got a worst rating than South Africa. I grow up here and the only problem i had was from kids being kids while growing up, this isn´t Compton L.A. As long as you stay way from the south side of Chicago then you are fine. If you are a tourist and want to see where the Chicago Bulls of Chicago black hawks play id say stay away from there unless you are of African descent..( unless there is a game going on) but really the downtown area is perfect , Red line my smell like pee but your´e all good , just don´t be dumb and wonder in dark ally ways...
#Omid Gul on Sep 30, 2015 :
Chicago is quite safe overall in and around downtown, and on the North Side. These neighborhoods have low numbers of homicides, and happen to be some of the safest urban areas in the country. A million people in Chicago, the global poster child for first-world urban violence, now live in neighborhoods that together have the same homicide rate as New York City, the “safest big city in America.”
#The media darling for murder on May 31, 2015 :
This is a city that attracts horrible treatment from the media for some reason.

The murder rate is lower than many cities such as Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. While Chicago was saturated with media headlines for it's 700 murders during 2012, these cities almost effortlessly racked up around 4,000 homicides the same year.

700 murders is worse than 4,000? Only the media know why they behave like this.