Crime in Istanbul, Turkey

Crime rates in Istanbul, Turkey

Level of crime
51.58 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
69.65 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
42.39 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
45.03 Moderate
Worries car stolen
32.17 Low
Worries things from car stolen
43.73 Moderate
Worries attacked
48.06 Moderate
Worries being insulted
50.14 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
32.73 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
43.23 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
45.93 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
41.27 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
70.72 High

Safety in Istanbul, Turkey

Safety walking alone during daylight
70.46 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.31 Moderate

Contributors: 1071

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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14 Comments so far
Mahmud on Jun 28, 2022:
Istanbul is the safest city in the world. I have visited many cities in the world but Istanbul is safe, comfortable and affordable. But beware of taxi drivers.
Anonymous on Jun 04, 2021:
City is safe, be careful with taxi DRIVERS! the soonest they realize you are tourist/foreigner and you don't speak the language, they cheat! Alost 90 to 95% of taxi drivers do
Anonymous on Jun 01, 2021:
Didn't feel unsafe when i visited the city. Just be careful with taxi drivers and the nightlife.
Cicisikuş on Mar 04, 2021:
I am living in Istanbul for 17 years. I can say living in Istanbul is gambling. If you go out of your house, you have a %50 chance to die. After the syrian immigrants, living in Turkey and especially living in Istanbul became so uncomfortable. But you can choose to live in Eskişehir. It is the safest place in Turkey now.
Arman on Dec 18, 2020:
The most dangerous city i have visited so far, majority of taxi divers are bacically robbers riding tourists, and if you survive that you are most probably robbed by either the organazied crime gangs or the international criminals, the police are wildly corrupted, it is safer to go to Syria or Afghanistan than Turkey
Joria on Nov 26, 2020:
I lived in istanbul for 6 years. I have never been a victim of any crime or even witnessed any crime.
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.