Crime in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Crime rates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Level of crime
65.66 High
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
69.16 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
61.77 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
66.15 High
Worries car stolen
58.68 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
64.01 High
Worries attacked
56.84 Moderate
Worries being insulted
47.69 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
42.86 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.25 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
65.56 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
62.90 High
Problem corruption and bribery
79.57 High

Safety in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Safety walking alone during daylight
54.38 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
29.71 Low

Contributors: 801

Last update: May 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 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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9 Comments so far
Anonymous on Mar 05, 2024:
Felt quite safe here, only downside was that the h*rny Pakistani's were following my sister around filming her because they never saw a blonde girl. It's okay to take picture but stop following and filming tourist on the street, its weird.
Matteo on Jul 29, 2023:
I'm an expat from Italy and I've been living here for almost to 2 years. I feel very safe everywhere I go, day and night. Nothing ever happened to me and the people are very nice. Maybe for women is different but as a man I don't agree with this. Love Kuala Lumpur
Norizal Md Tahir on Jun 24, 2023:
In any city area in the world, please choose to be in a safe place always. Walking in most areas KL City Center is safe. Do not choose to walk in the quiet back alley area. Kuala Lumpur is not like Tokyo where if you leave your belongings like an umbrella you won't be taken by passersby, but sometime you might be lucky. Taxi Drivers 90% are very honest. Try to wear modestly and yes keep all your expensive belonging close by.

Police Officer, I can guarantee 90% is constructive. As a local, the crime rate exists due to extreme urban poverty at 5% and some minor crimes are from illegal immigrants (3%). In Kuala Lumpur people are very generous to poor people, they won't be hungry at least as many NGOs provide free food and a place to sleep.

Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia is not perfect but Malaysian and the government is trying very hard to make it a very safe place to live in.
Z on Oct 25, 2021:
If you don't leave your necklace dangling on your neck the whole time, chances are you won't get robbed. Also, don't get yourself in trouble, because the police here are really corrupt and will make you have a hard time if they feel like it, doesn't matter if you're the victim or you're the offender
Expatboy on Apr 20, 2021:
Hi, as an expat, I have been living in Malaysia for 10 years. 5 years in Penang and 5 years in KL. I found them friendly and peaceful people and the country is beautiful. I think the comments are unfair about KL. If you know what areas to avoid and look after your belongings in the public transport, you are safe. It is one of the safest capital cities I have ever seen.
Destroyed Telephone on Apr 07, 2021:
Kuala Lumpur Is One of the Safest Cities in the world
Chad on Dec 10, 2020:
These are based on 'perceptions of visitors of this website' so most likely do not reflect the actual situation in reality.
Having said that, the worries probably do have a basis as they likely reflect the general view of crime here and should not be ignored.
Ketupat Kadir on Nov 16, 2020:
K.L can be dangerous in certain areas, especially now that Covid-19 has caused job losses.
No jobs, no money results in higher burglary rates. Pretty fucked up.
SkySteeze on Aug 04, 2020:
ive been in PJ in sunway area for 5 months now, im a white guy, one of the few, roam the streets at midnight often, wishing somebody would. Sunway area is incredibly safe