Crime in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Crime rates in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Level of crime
55.15 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
64.96 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
59.09 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
62.57 High
Worries car stolen
51.51 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
57.83 Moderate
Worries attacked
46.25 Moderate
Worries being insulted
43.65 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
24.18 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
54.73 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
62.18 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
48.90 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
80.77 Very High

Safety in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Safety walking alone during daylight
64.11 High
Safety walking alone during night
38.08 Low

Contributors: 194

Last update: April 2021

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
100%FullofVietnameseBlood on Feb 01, 2021:
SHUT UP EVERYONE! The Vietnamese people are nice! the only problem here is in here, in Vietnam, the real problem is property theft, corruption and bribery. In Ho Chi Minh City the only crime areas are most of the poor areas. where all the crime takes place. Meanwhile, the city is very safe at day and night if you walk in the big streets, if you walk in the alleys then your chances of being a victim may increase. The parks too. They are safe 24/7 so no worries, everything is going to be fine. I've lived in Vietnam through out my life and I had no problem living in the city. Racism is a no no here. I never saw racism in the city. Meanwhile, insulting in here is quite common. Being attacked is rare here, as there are security guards and police everywhere. Drugs, very rare. currently there seems to be no drug dealers here because the police are always on watch. Vandalism is quite common. I see graffiti everywhere, even on buildings and walls. Besides that, Ho Chi Minh City is a wonderful and beautiful city. And i would like to rate in terms of raising a family here as a 9/10.
Oseta Balena on Oct 14, 2020:
My Comments is that be very careful with the GRab motorcycle driver. the Driver of Grab snatched my mobile at around 3Pm Sunday 11 October 2020, while riding his vehicle. The Grab Support team of the company identified the details of my booking but until now has not acted to catch the culprit,I trusted Grab for almost 4 years and in other countries this never happened to me in a broad daylight, only in Ho Chi Minh City. I reported the matter to the police at #39 Huynh, Tinh Cua, Cong An Phuong 8, Quan 3 HCMC>

I also inform GRAB that I don't need any suspension of the driver, just return my mobile because all my valuable information is there. I dont know what is the disciplinary actions to be imposed to the driver . but this is part of the GRAB obligations to serve its clients.

If this happened to me , then it will again happen to some passengers.
ProTravel on Nov 15, 2019:
Shut up Gabby, and quit blaming the victims. Asia is the most racist place in the world. It's funny that people say USA, Canada and UK have an issue with racism...NO, these are the most tolerant and accepting places in the entire world.

If you want to experience REAL racism, go to Africa (especially South Africa), Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, China, and some parts of Brazil.
Gabby on Mar 12, 2019:
I'm seeing so many comments talking about race and racism and stuff like that, and it makes me chuckle. Did any of you people even bother READING the information above? Discrimination is the lowest worry there. I see more discrimination is Alberta for heavens sake. So enough with the 'I'm Native and they didn't say shit to me!'. They aren't attacking you because of who you are, they're attacking you because you made yourself an easy target.
Izzy on Mar 12, 2019:
Come from a small country girl who went with her school, I will say there were several times I felt rather unsafe. I went out at night sure, but I always went with a group of four or more. I've travelled before, I'm not new to this. Were there many times I was touched or talked to and pulled? Absolutely!! Is government corruption a HUGE issue in Vietnam? ABSOLUTELY AND DO NOT TRY AND TELL ME OTHERWISE.
Is this any different from other places? Not really. Worse happened to me in Thailand, and similar situations have happened to me right here in Canada. Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I don't see murder every day, does that mean it doesn't happen every day here? Not in the slightest, because it does.
Tommy on Mar 12, 2019:
The comments on here are hilarious. I have lived in Vietnam for 2 years and had no problems at all. You can date with a Vietnamese girl and hold hand in public, no one gives a shit. The local people are nothing but friendly and often invite you to hang out (drink beer or coffee) they are not going to mug or attack you they just want to chat with a foreigner. The worst thing that happens here is bag and phone snatching. Vietnam is a very very safe place to visit, much more than cities such as london or paris.
Regularvietnamvisitor on Feb 04, 2019:
To the person who asks where this information is coming from: me, and my ten trips to Vietnam in the past three years. Overall, the risk of any life-threatening crime is minimal, and most people are very nice and helpful. That being said, on one trip with eight colleagues, all but one (me) had their phones snatched right from their hands on the streets. I also had a friend dragged down the street when a bag-snatcher on a scooter didn't manage to cut through her strap properly. These are EXTREMELY common crimes. I've also been blocked by aggressive men from leaving a massage parlor until I gave them all my cash, I've been taken to the middle of nowhere in fake cabs made-up like real ones, and had someone jump in front of me at night, and grab my privates while their friend took my phone. These are serious concerns that can and do happen all the time. For the rest, is pretty safe. Just be very careful not to burn your leg on a motorbike exhaust pipe (the biggest danger outside of crime). Tips? One : Download the Grab app. Free, and prices for car and motorbike cabs are preset. It's scam free. Two: don't walk around at night alone, and keep your guard up for anything sudden or unsolicited. Three: don't take anything out along a street, and use backpacks, double shoulder gym bags, or fanny packs to hold valuables. If you need to use your phone, hold it firmly covering all edges, and try to stay as far from the traffic as possible. Four: for any service like massage, nails, and beauty, use TripAdvisor to select a reputable establishment. Do not just walk in somewhere random off the street, no matter how friendly or innocent it seems. Five: learn to cross the street calmly, slowly, and surely. Never run or panick.
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2017:
I just returned from Vietnam and the place seem quite safe - the people were really friendly, and I have a girlfriend. I am black. The information being shared below is totally inaccurate. What part of Vietnam are you talking about. I have been to Vietnam twice and had zero problems - holding girlfriends'd hand in public and everything. Acid attacks are common - give me a break. Where did you get your information from...
Anonymous on Nov 20, 2017:
Acid attacks are the most disturbing because you will never recover. Yep, it happens pretty much everyday in Vietnam.
Anonymous on Nov 19, 2017:
Acid attacks are very common in Việt Nam. Usually its a male throwing acid at his ex girlfriends face because she broke it up with him.
Anonymous on Nov 19, 2017:
Vietnamese are hard wired to hate foreigners, dont let the smiles fool you. One night this 16 year old schoolgirl selling roses at night told me to get out of her country just because i didnt want her flowers. I merely told her no in a nice tone but she became hostile.
Cody on Nov 19, 2017:
If you meet a girl in Pham Ngu lao and she invites you to sit in thẻ park at night..... DONT.
Guys will get robbed by her boyfriend waiting nearby.
Cody on Nov 19, 2017:
Dont walk around holding your girlfriends hand if you are a foreigner and she is vietnamese. This provokes viet males to anger. And dont kiss in public either.