Crime in Istanbul, Turkey

Crime rates in Istanbul, Turkey

Level of crime
51.73 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
69.02 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
43.64 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
44.97 Moderate
Worries car stolen
33.12 Low
Worries things from car stolen
45.30 Moderate
Worries attacked
47.10 Moderate
Worries being insulted
49.96 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
32.36 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
42.79 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
46.10 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
40.71 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
70.21 High

Safety in Istanbul, Turkey

Safety walking alone during daylight
70.62 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.60 Moderate

Contributors: 723

Last update: October 2019

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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21 Comments so far

#Tr1071 on Sep 11, 2019 :
If you are not from countries like Canada, Australia,New Zealand ... You can't say that Türkiye is not safe
#Anon on Aug 23, 2019 :
I've been living in istanbul for 2 years now in Ümraniye district, never been robbed or insulted once but I might have been scammed once or twice,people are helpful and nice but I always worry about getting my home broken into by burglars, I've never experienced it but every person I know has a story to tell about how they got(or almost got) robbed. Lock your doors, close windows in rooms you're not occupying and stay safe and aware!
#Deniz on Mar 31, 2019 :
Istanbul is an enormous city. It is hard to give a accurate description, especially in a limited opportunity survey. Generally, crime rates or the risk of incidents, are high in some neighborhoods outside the central areas, and low to moderate in the central areas and the recently built modern neighborhoods in the periphery areas outside the center. You should seek more detailed information elsewhere and also locals will tell you where it is safe and where no. You can use as a rule of thumb the political map of Istanbul - the more support for AKP (conservative) or HDP (kurdish), the higher is the criminality. Even more for personal crimes, especially against women. Sadly, women walking with shorts in the conservative areas, is a dangerous thing. But you will be perfectly safe in most of the city, including where the fun and business stuff to do is - particularily in the affluent areas in the center.
#Mike on Mar 13, 2019 :
I went to Istanbul last month. Two young men cajoled us and took us to dinner at a restaurant. There they drugged us and emptied our credit cards. The attitude of the Turkish police was disgusting. They did not let us make a complaint. They do not want a record that Turkey is dangerous. You are warned!
#Walter on Mar 06, 2019 :
is there lots of car thefts ? do people use devices against car theft ? can you please post some links ?
#EyeoftheBlackPanther on Feb 05, 2019 :
If you are not a Schadenfreuder to it, you will eventually see that there actually no state ever existed here in Istanbul but remotely organized indo-iranian crime and torture machine in sinister "occult" disguise.
#Moaned Ali Bashe on Oct 10, 2018 :
I first visited in Istanbul last June and enjoyed it with my colleague immensely. I have done my implant teeth at Bakery esthetic dent cost me $6000.This week on 4th October I came back to complete the my implant teeth and another friend to the same implant teeth in Istanbul and share with me the Turkey delight,the taste Turk is food and the magnificent sites views and sites in Istanbul. But on 5th October at 1.30 PM after Jumah prayer at Istiqlal Codesi road 4 Turkish theives attack me and within minutes taken my wallet of $1700 and bank cards, British driving licence and other things in the self was devastated, heart broken. The police go along with me view shops cameras they did not take statement at all. There many cameras where incident happen no body cares about the crimes like this.I remember the great president Mr Ardgon who all Muslims like at this retired world but he can see my case and other similar cases because I am like insects as all governments has eyes of insects.

Mr Muhammed Ali Bashe at Sen Palas Hotel
#altik on Aug 06, 2018 :
once and maybe still is a beautiful and vibrant city,going down the drain fast like whole asia minor.
population growth is off the charts with thousands of non - vetted syrians. Appr 22 million people wandering around shoulder bumping on purpose.
green is being clinically razed by islamist government.
no street mugging gangs but burglary and thievery is rampant.
not safe for lone women/men other than certain districts and certain daylight.
road rage is common.
homicides are focused on archaic values against women separated and such.
tourists are conned by local restaurants usually easily.
traffic is very aggressive,no zebra crossing respect whatsoever,still better than arab lands and india.
pollution is a big issue all over turkey.Littering and spitting normal.
education has gone down dramatically.
there are english speakers but few.
no gun control,fire arms or cutting instruments,never argue with a testosterone loaded turk.
be vigilante and safe.
#Ifi on Apr 20, 2018 :
I was there in July 2017 and got robbed on road at 4 pm in city, went to tourism police and they said that area is not in our jurisdiction.
#malik on Jan 30, 2018 :
Istanbul is very safe & secure more than regional European countries.
Antalya is beautiful & safe.
love to see Turkey progressing with stability.
Love you Turkish brothers.
From: Pakistan
#burak on Dec 01, 2017 :
#MoonMan on Aug 03, 2017 :
We will retake Constantinople (it should have been done centuries ago). Then Eastern Anatolia can become Western Greece. And what is today Eastern Turkey would become part of a larger, unified Kurdistan.

i'm a turkish man and we wait for you greeks always here as before..1915..welcome..over here easy to talk ..come and take here if it much easy as you told..
#MoonMan on Aug 03, 2017 :
We will retake Constantinople (it should have been done centuries ago). Then Eastern Anatolia can become Western Greece. And what is today Eastern Turkey would become part of a larger, unified Kurdistan.
#Js55 on Apr 11, 2017 :
Investigate the Kurdish regions in Istanbul. Do not go where the Kurds live. I'm Turk and I have not had any trouble by doing this for 20 years.
#Max Payne on Apr 08, 2017 :
Ok people i live since came from anatolia for university edutacion to this city always stayed at state student dorms know as "Kyk"even for me this city unsafe daytime is ok but. After 19-20 pm streets and transport options mostly unsafe i always wonder why people came here pippa raped here dont forget
#Anonymous on Dec 13, 2016 :
do not visit shit neighbourhoods and its safer than most of europe

#Alan on Dec 09, 2016 :
I first visited Istanbul in 2012 for one week and enjoyed the city immensely . I returned briefly in 2014 and 2015 and possibly from news reports of bombings I felt progressively unsure and insecure. Again I visited in 2016 for one week and was vastly overcharged by a restaurant and mugged by owners of a bar. This was not a casual rip off or mugging, this was organised crime by local Istanbul people. It seems (read other comments) that people in Istanbul accept that ripping off or mugging tourists is acceptable.
The city is beautiful and vibrant , but I think the image of Istanbul is becoming tainted by eventa and attitudes to tourists.
#Selin on Nov 05, 2016 :
In Istanbul we don't have crime like other cities in other countries. We are in safe. In last 1 year we had many terror attacks but that is a kind of chance of you, these attacks are also have done in other countries.
If you come to Istanbul or Turkey and for to stay at the cheapest hotels in poor areas maybe you may have some problems like other countries but no one will kill you or beat you easily.. maybe stole your bag thats all..
you can walk on the streets, take train or subway..
I dont prefer to walk on the street at midnight in european countries as well..
Dont try to stay in Touristic areas , prefer other city center areas , business hotels ..
we like hospitality, welcome
#Noyan on Aug 07, 2016 :
Well, Istanbul is no crime free neither other cities..

There are some ghetto like or lower income people settlements in istanbul, you guys just be careful in those parts..

Our people wont kill you while robbing like the monkeys in rio da j. Middleeast people got this islam thing, they

are not in favor of killing.. plus there is nothing to see in those parts anyways.. you people just wander around

seaside districts.. istanbul is no the most crimeful citi btw..

We dont have; "people robbing gangs" on the streets.. We are not that poor in this country.

lately we got syrian immigrants and those bunch might be leechy on you..

crime is all about couples killing each other over divorces or quarrels, homicides about traffic quarrels..

sexual harrasments against grown ups or kids,

thievery is mostly common cuz we got this economical inflatation. 1 dollars is 3 times turkish lira..

if you guys are carrying dollar or euro you people can feel so rich with 2000 dollars or 1500 euros here.

you tourists most likely would be conned... thats our country's crime scheme..

they invite you to the bars and they give you bills like 100x times more expensive.

you get on the taxi they give you a tour and make you pay 3 times more...

they sell you stuff and demand for 10 times more expensive..

dont feel helpless and call 155 police. we got english language option for foreigners... they'll definitely help you

in those advanced districts..
#Turco on Apr 23, 2016 :
traffic is problem in Istanbul.
Bribery and corruption are problems in Turkey not only in Istanbul.
#Umur on Dec 27, 2015 :
I have been living in İstanbul since 19 years and I have never encountered any crime in here. In fact, İstanbul is really safe, do not worry about visiting here.You should avoid travelling or hanging out somewhere such as, back street of Taksim and especially back street of Sultanahmet.
#Jessica P on Dec 06, 2015 :
I've been Istanbul many times and all long stays.. I can say It's as safe as other big cities in Europe... crowded, language is little problem in there too.. But people are nice and helpful. just for an information, I had experience that many Kurdish related groups using foreigners against the government and inviting them to their illegal actions, so need to be careful who and what reason people inviting you, police may not be so kind against to this type of actions. We are just visitor in here and should not involve any politics. It's same in every country...