Crime in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Crime rates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Level of crime
67.96 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
71.37 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
63.86 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
68.51 High
Worries car stolen
60.97 High
Worries things from car stolen
66.37 High
Worries attacked
58.65 Moderate
Worries being insulted
49.04 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
44.03 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
57.75 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.92 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
65.02 High
Problem corruption and bribery
81.29 Very High

Safety in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Safety walking alone during daylight
53.08 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
27.74 Low

Contributors: 751

Last update: June 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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25 Comments so far
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
Chris on Apr 29, 2020:
PS. Dunno if that was because I don't look ''properly'' Western/European, but more like Middle Eastern/Northern Indian.
Chris on Apr 29, 2020:
Unbelievable! Felt very safe in the heart of the city there twice, although I stayed in a central area with a bad name, Central Market. Lots of homeless ppl there, but never felt threatened by them. Walked many times from there to Jalan alone in the evening,felt ok. The only prob is the taxi drivers ( mainly Indian ones ) who refused to use taximetres.
Schaeffn on Dec 06, 2019:
My luggage was robbed at the airport coach bus starting at central station.
I made a report at the airport police and wait, wait ... I hear no and reaktion.
I traveled every year to malaysia now I stop. Ist's the second time I was robbery.
Farang on Oct 29, 2019:
Absolutely ridiculous, I've walked to and fro the streets night and day, and nothing has ever happened, the night life is perfectly fine. There are literal African countries on this site with better ratings, all this shite is greatly exaggerated.
Cheating Spouse on Oct 14, 2019:
Thanking a lot of you for sharing the useful.
Truely Asia on Jul 25, 2019:
Wew. only one way to explain the situation.

We have accepted too many foreigners. Thanks for making our safe city unsafe.
Mburi Mpadan on May 23, 2019:
Najib Razak used to keep ringgit notes in his arsehole, sometimes even RM1000/-. Najib would stash some notes under his cock for safekeeping in case the police did a search ! Kuala Lumpur crime is like shit in the arsehole. Scammers from Africa are in K.L. to con.
Anonymous on Apr 25, 2019:
*I meant not walk and talk on the phone.. be alert is the key
Jokes Intern on Apr 22, 2019:
Thats guy mentioned - Make a photocopy of your passport and its sufficients for police checks -- You probably a white guy/woman to say that .. Its basically not applied to other foreigners ... Which you are literally right though -- A photocopy should be sufficient but not when a system in Malaysia is broken and can't be trusted and they would want to see your original passport lol ... Next time dude -- Just say -- Photocopies is sufficient for only white people ... Got it??
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2019:
Malaysian here living in KL for 30 years. I am sorry many of you experienced horrible cases in KL. I just hope some of the pointers I make here can provide you some help.

1. Do not travel alone especially at night. If you are looking for evening event, visit some of the bars in hotel or shopping mall.

2. Photocopy your passport and keep the original locked in a safe. Most hotel provide a safe. Most cases a photocopy of your passport is sufficient for police checks.

3. If you are in danger, dial 999 or 112 for police or ambulance.

4. Avoid using your phone while on the sidewalk of traffic, snatch thief on motorcycle is common here.
Erik on Mar 23, 2019:
I meet one man in Kuala Lumpur that asked me if I had honey in my asshole. It was a local malaysian.
Jim on Mar 13, 2019:
I got raped in the ass by Najib Razak and he licked my arsehole after. Fuck Malaysia
anon. on Mar 09, 2019:
Malaysia is beautiful. Rainforests, mountains, rivers etc. But the police are fucked up, like Najib Razak's government. Kuala Lumpur was safe 15 years ago. Fucked up today.
Abdul Firdaus on Mar 07, 2019:
All that about MH370 & MH17 are one & the same plane. Najib Razak fucked around, just to get mega rich.
Najib & Rosma Mansur(fucked up cunt) knew all along that there was very big money in the downing of MH17(MH370). JoLau has fucked off once Najib lost the last elections.
Pan on Feb 05, 2019:
Guys avoid Malaysia. I lost my purse in gokl bus. There was a gang of 4 or 5 guys. But u can't do anything. They are in a group.guys avoid Malaysia for ur safety. Crime is very high in Malaysia and police do nothing. Police have a nexus with criminal. They will just write report and will do nothing. I lost around 1000 dollars.they snatch in front of u and u will do nothing. They all have weapons.
Walter on Dec 07, 2018:
Are there lots of car thefts ? Do people use car anti theft locks or alarms ? Can someone post the link of those anti theft devices in Kuala Lumpur ?
Anonymous on Oct 16, 2018:
Yeah is not very safe but just beware of surrounding (especially thief).. it safe during daytime at tourist area like KLCC, Mid Valley, Sunway Lagoon, not that safe during midnight.. (dont go at uncrowded area or the back of shop building.).. dont show your valuable thing and keep it inside your beg and put at front body went travel here.. i as malaysian feel unsafe when go there and avoid meet stranger if feel suspicious..
Anonymous on Aug 15, 2018:
Those saying Malaysia is "not that dangerous comparing to other country" are pure bullshitting.
Only at the age of 26 do i dare to enter KL for the first time for 1 night & guess what? bike snatch thief right after reaching,Time Square Plaza right by the road. No one offered to help but only witnessing.

Police in Malaysia? forget about it. Even Grab/taxi driver laugh over the idea of reporting case to their police.
On duty front desk police can't speak/type basic English, eating chocolate while thinking of how to brush you off the station. period.
IO on duty was replaced by another colleague, waited 30 minutes only to face a officer who isn't even the IO on duty & the best part was upon entering the office the officer is sitting there smoking "what a image" just to take another statement which was already provided at the front desk.
I even provided them with the location of the phone through tracking apps but it is obvious the police does not bother enough at all.

Overall a nightmare & waste of time as you cannot trust anyone there, not even the police.
You can consider entering the country with perhaps a baton/knuckle to prepare some ass whopping action.

God bless & i am also sorry to be reading other victim story which trigger me about the incident.
Myles on Jul 21, 2018:
I went to Kuala Lumpur for 1 week, I felt pretty safe however, I travelled with a group of people. I loved Kuala Lumpur but I don't know if I'd go there by myself.