Crime in Lima, Peru

Crime rates in Lima, Peru

Level of crime
84.15 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
84.68 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
58.91 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
78.88 High
Worries car stolen
66.12 High
Worries things from car stolen
70.65 High
Worries attacked
62.06 High
Worries being insulted
50.71 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
30.69 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
63.96 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
76.20 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
82.04 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
91.04 Very High

Safety in Lima, Peru

Safety walking alone during daylight
44.20 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
18.88 Very Low

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Last update: February 2024

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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5 Comments so far
Dave on Mar 11, 2022:
'You can't go wandering where you want, when you want' that should read.
Dave on Mar 11, 2022:
Lima has its safe parts and parts you have no business being in. Also, you have to follow the rules of living in a big Latin American city. No wearing big headphones, no wearing shirts/clothes of where you went to university or college, no jewellery, no texting and walking - the more you can blend in the better off you will be, don't go looking for drugs and prostitutes (with that, try and be inside for a respectable time) and don't attempt to go around looking for poverty tourism because a) there's nothing there b)their life is no more the 'real' Peru than people living in places like Miraflores and c) you become a target.

Lima is a big city by the Pacific Ocean with world class dining and a lot of things to do and the nice parts are very nice indeed and it can be safe if you take the above into consideration. It's not Zurich or Helsinki, you can go wandering where you want, when you want but with a bit of common sense, you cut your chances of anything bad happening to you to a minimum.
Colin on Dec 14, 2021:
I've lived in Lima for 30 years. Crime is worse than it was, but I think it is localised. Covid hasn't helped the situation because there's been a lot of unemployment. Things are picking up a bit now. Going by the comments here, Magdalena sounds shocking. Touch wood, I've never been robbed, had a gun pointed at me, been chased, been assaulted on public transport. I live in Miraflores and the security systems; "Serenazgo", are pretty damned efficient. I think gringo tourists are probably targets, and I confess that there are precautions that everyone takes for granted. What most residents would call "common sense". Callao is mentioned here twice. Callao is notorious for crime. That's where the docks are. I don't know why you'd want to go there unless you had to.
Blake on Nov 28, 2021:
@Magdalena Can we speak? I would like to hear more from you regarding your stay as I am considering visiting.

Magdalena on Feb 18, 2021:
I've lived in Lima and in Brooklyn and Lima is way more dangerous, in Lima i've been pointed with a gun 3 times, been chased by men at least 5 times, witnessed a ton of robberies, they've tried to rob me 3 times, they robbed me one time, been assaulted at public transport, etc. its a shithole. And I didnt even live or frequent the most 'dangerous' neighborhoods.