Crime in Kingston, Jamaica

Crime rates in Kingston, Jamaica

Level of crime
79.11 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
78.48 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
66.46 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
72.78 High
Worries car stolen
66.46 High
Worries things from car stolen
73.68 High
Worries attacked
67.72 High
Worries being insulted
68.40 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
42.47 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
62.15 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
73.65 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
78.85 High
Problem corruption and bribery
85.27 Very High

Safety in Kingston, Jamaica

Safety walking alone during daylight
48.40 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
26.60 Low

Contributors: 80

Last update: February 2023

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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7 Comments so far
Anonymous on Dec 30, 2022:
I've been saying the same thing, this curious and grossly unsupported assertion that Jamaica has a world-beating violence problem. Jamaica?

The violence in Haiti is 100 times worse and it's all over the country, Haitians have long loved Jamaica mainly because of the low homicide and corruption rates. If by chance they do get murdered in Jamaica at least they'll be a statistic which is a bonus - little chance Haiti could offer even that!

World’s most homicidal countries A to Z

Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
South Sudan

Source: State Department

Jamaica OTOH recently won three cruise ship categories at the world travel awards.

Anonymous on Dec 21, 2022:
Jamaica is far too safe and stable to not have tourism.

It's understandable for example why Jamaica remains attractive to a Haitian refugee; the comically low amount of murder and corruption, the serene cities and lack of violence in the countryside, the gleaming infrastructure etc.
Jeff on May 24, 2022:
Poor Jamaica. It is surprising that they still have tourists.
Daisy on Oct 02, 2021:
Well it is Jamaica so it's to be expected.
Anonymous on May 18, 2021:
RE: The first comment, Jamaica looks a lot worse than it is because it's stats are accurate. Burkina Faso, Haiti, Nigeria etc. are easily more violent than Jamaica. These are countries that are literally overrun with violence, something Jamaica is far from becoming.

It's important to avoid stats in most cases and prioritise independently-compiled security expert sources.

Anyone who has been to Port-au-Prince and Kingston back to back will tell you how jarringly tame and safe Kingston is in comparison.
Anonymous on Jun 28, 2019:
I've lived in Jamaica for 7years from the uk and I've never witnessed any crime of any sort although there is crime if you are law abiding and mind your own business you will be fine.
Anonymous on Jun 14, 2019:
While criminals in Jamaica don't really discriminate, lighter skinned people don't blend in with everybody else, so you're more likely to be targeted that way. Don't show any signs of wealth and hide any jewelry no matter what price. Be aware of your surroundings and don't physically resist any robberies or stick ups.