Crime in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Crime rates in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Level of crime
29.62 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
50.67 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
28.43 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
23.11 Low
Worries car stolen
20.74 Low
Worries things from car stolen
27.49 Low
Worries attacked
28.00 Low
Worries being insulted
36.35 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
18.69 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
48.40 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
43.78 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
28.45 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
24.54 Low

Safety in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Safety walking alone during daylight
85.84 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
64.05 High

Contributors: 227

Last update: August 2022

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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4 Comments so far
Andrew on Nov 10, 2021:
It used to be a super safe city 10 years ago but its getting worse and worse. Lots of young idiots who try to start a fight or argument with strangers in the street on weekends nights cos they think they're cool ! They will usually say some rude/weird stuff to people under the age of 30 as they're a bit more scared of older folks. The cops are useless and won't do anything even if they see that! If anti-social behaviour occurs the cops patrolling the city usually ignore that if they're far away or try to talk to people to convince them to calm down. There are no consequences for the actions which only escalates the violence cos folks are not afraid. There used to be a massive problem last summer with teenagers throwing rocks at the buses. They couldn't track who does that for months!
But comparing to many cities in UK it's still a super safe place and tourists should not be worried at all ! you're free to walk in any areas of the town during the day ! there are no 'no go' zones'. The city is absolutely beautiful and worth visiting.
If you're planning to move here bear in mind the council keeps ignoring people's opinion and keep on allowing building dozens of new hotels in the town even though this city and infrastructure can't handle it. 1 year prior to covid Edinburgh was so overcrowded during the summer festival living here was unbearable. The buses were piling in the town and blocking the streets for hours (that happens every year but not to this degree). They always find an excuse saying it's due to heavy rain etc. Commute that normally takes 40 minutes was taking 2 hours. And it will be only getting worse cos the council predicts the number of tourists will be increasing. If you don't like wasting your time on commute that may not be a place for you as the commute time is much worse during the summer than in London or other big city!. Also, there is a noticeable problem with housing. It's not only about the price of properties as it's a bubble everywhere in UK, but there are just no flats to rent/buy ! It's hard to find a place to stay which leaves many homeless!

In my opinion the safety level in this city is 70/100, comparing it to for Example Tokyo 85/100, Singapore 88/100, Dubai 95/100, London 55/100, Birmingham 40/100, Glasgow 60/100 but it's just my opinion

Areas to avoid at night: Leith walk (especially bottom ) due to drug problem, Muirhouse, Sighthill, some parts of Niddrie/Moredun but as a tourist you shouldn't be there anyway ! STAY SAFE
Sophie on Nov 01, 2020:
Nonwhite people are unwelcome in this city. Growing up my mum would sit on the park chair and the locals would all get up and glare at us before leaving and they would not allow their children to play with me but only the other white children, this was in the 2000s and I have since left, the only other person in class who wasn't white was from Hong Kong and years later I asked him if things changed and he said people call him a "chink" on a daily basis but otherwise it's a safe place but I have heard people getting beat up in racist attacks. Visually Edinburgh is a beautiful city so I would recommend to visit it at least once but it's a shame the peoples behaviour is like this, people often forget that depending on your race and sometimes your gender you might have a different experience when visiting a city/country.
Alison on Apr 02, 2019:
Edinburgh is a fairly safe city. Even at night you do not have to worry about anything most of the time. Be careful in Leith and the surrounding areas though. There is quite a lot of poverty and drug use there so it is advised to keep a rather low profile and preferably not visit alone at night.
Andrew on Feb 25, 2019:
Edinburgh is pretty safe
Just take care on Cowgate by night and follow the typical commun cense that everyone should follow in big cities .