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Crime in Fortaleza, Brazil

Crime rates in Fortaleza, Brazil

Level of crime
95.00 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
89.17 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
65.83 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
96.25 Very High
Worries car stolen
85.17 Very High
Worries things from car stolen
87.50 Very High
Worries attacked
79.66 High
Worries being insulted
57.92 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
30.00 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
85.17 Very High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
90.00 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
97.03 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
95.34 Very High

Safety in Fortaleza, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
25.42 Low
Safety walking alone during night
5.00 Very Low

Contributors: 60

Last update: April 2017

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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12 Comments so far

#Samuel on Jan 03, 2016 :
I am from New York and I had a great time in Fortaleza. I was suppost to be staying at Beira mar (Tourist place) but wens I met my brazilian friend over there he convinced me to stay with him and his family witch was not a tourist place where he was living....it wasn't a single tourist on site and it made me nervous that one of the locals would find out I'm from outside the country and tried to rob me but Lukly I manage to blend in with them me being moreno (dark skin) and using my chanclas (flip flops). I had a great experience and I wasn't staying at a tourist area but I would never forget he told me everyone in his family got robbed and that really made me nervous witch were 5 of them and 4 of them got robbed. The best experience you will have on a non-tourist please because you meet real Brazilian and get to see how people actually live. My advice for you if you are going to Fortaleza always blend in with the people and never wear jewelry at all!! But other then that Fortaleza is a great please to go if you have the right people around you.
#Ana on Dec 26, 2015 :
I was born and raised in Fortaleza. It's been about 6 years I live abroad and let me tell you, this city has changed to a point where all my friends want to leave and I myself am never going back, not even for vacation. My family is there and I told them the last time I went there, which was in 2013 (and I was going to the beach in the morning with kids in the car in movement, and a guy stopped us by walking towards us pointing his gun at us. He didn't take anything precious but the tension of having the kids, being inside a car in movement at daylight, and having no way out of this situation was just awful). I mean 10 years ago it was just about avoiding places and times of day, but now there's not such a thing. You can be robbed anywhere, at any time, with kids, without kids, they don't care. And it doesn't matter if you don't react because they won't lose anything if they kill you. Considering most of them is high from drugs, I'd never trust my life to them. So my solution is never going there, and I tell whomever I meet the same thing. Go some place else if you wanna have fun without stress.
#Andre on Nov 15, 2015 :
I am ce fortress , most crimes is the lack of segurançapública , most police lives involved in trafficking , city blood.
#safetysensation on Oct 20, 2015 :
Most of the crimes here are related to drug gangs. Dealers use to sent consumers with traffic guns in order to pay back for crack by assaulting honest people. If consumers do not pay back, it will be one more murder to the statistics. Suggestion: have a cell phone, some money to give them away, and never, ever, think about reacting at gun point. Many locals have a fake purse with some valuables inside (an old cell phone, some money), waiting for the moment they shall be at gun point. Fortaleza is no different from other Brazilian capitals related to safety.
#Anonymous on Oct 09, 2015 :
Strange. Have been and are in areas very often. do not see the problem. go on beaches at night, going from restaurants late at night. goes back alleys without a single problem. we speak the same place? Fortaleza in Brazil?
#Luiz on Jul 27, 2015 :
Just this month alone 6 foreigners assaulted and robbed in plain daylight in the Iracema Beach area. Fortaleza has become no mans land, due to all kinds of violence (kidnappings,murders,robberies,lynching mobs) as wel as the whole state of Ceara.Such beautiful places and beaches to visit but very insecure and violent. I have been living here for 4 years now and I would not recommend a visit here to anyone. Very unfortunate place to be.
Luiz
#italo a on Mar 22, 2015 :
Living in Fortaleza has been compared to playing Russian roulette, bar none. There are so many robbers on the loose, people feel scared and dismayed all the time. It is quite rare to find one who has never become a victim of criminal actions. Even if a person doesn’t react in a dangerous situation, he or she may be killed by a murder.
#visiting from England on Mar 08, 2015 :
I've never felt more scared in a place, not even in Lima at the time of the terrorist kidnappings. It's just a sensation you get-the way people on the street look, walk, interact, the way cars drive with their doors locked. It's a beautiful place-what is going on here? Yesterday evening we drove one block to a restaurant-about 500 yards. I thought we should walk. But fortunately I was told not to: the driver locked the doors, didn't stop at a red light and pointed out where some poor person was in real time being mugged at knife point. This morning while checking out a young adult male ran through the empty reception area followed by security guards who eventually grabbed him and chucked him out of the door. Lovely! It's a fantastic irony that the thieves are clearly in as much danger or possibly more of physical violence, knife and gun crime than innocent citizens. Next time I come, if I do, I'll be in an armoured personnel carrier and I will ask the US military to provide drone surveillance...
#sipvay on Aug 16, 2014 :
I was in Fortaleza for 3 weeks,and except some moments when I thought that 2 guys were watching to me ( you know like,one telling to his gang mate "hey ,look to that dude"),I felt no insecurity at all in Fortaleza, I walked alone during the night in the touristic area without fear ,but I saw that people over there,and girls/women especially were very afraid to walk even 200m in that area,on a street that is empty of people,in an area which is considered by everyone being "tranquillo" ) ...
#I gave up on Mar 08, 2014 :
The worst thieves are not the ones who steal in the streets. The worst thieves are in the Brazilian Senate, because they rob the money from the heavy taxes to enrich him members. The tax money always disappear, and, when it is found, the dictatorship of the "Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT)" lets not arrest this worst thieves (called "mensaleiros"), but the PT orders arrest of those who denounced the scheme.

Here you are arrested for saying: "Catch the thief", but not for stealing.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/Latin-America-Monitor/2011/0601/Brazilian-taxes-huge-but-where-do-they-go
#Living in Fortaleza on Mar 05, 2014 :
I don't see the situation improving at all. Every day at 6 p.m., when the sun is going down, I get afraid of leaving my apartment. Everywhere you go, there is someone just waiting for the opportunity to steal from you. I agree that Fortaleza is dangerous to everyone, including the thieves, but they are not afraid, and we are. As much bad (or worse than) as getting mugged is being always terrorized by the violence, always whatching your back, always worried about the safety of the ones you love. It's a shame that such a beautiful place has this cancer.
#Borned in Fortaleza on Mar 04, 2014 :
I think this situation will improve soon, because today most of the burglar knows that, if they go out at night to steal, probably themselves will be robbed, raped or killed by another gang. So maybe they will seek a job soon. Fortaleza is very dangerous to anyone who go out at night including to the thieves. But, as the late Guimarães Rosa said in his book: " To live is very dangerous" anyway.