Crime in Lisbon, Portugal

Crime rates in Lisbon, Portugal

Level of crime
24.66 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
52.94 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
22.27 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
29.79 Low
Worries car stolen
22.46 Low
Worries things from car stolen
36.43 Low
Worries attacked
22.75 Low
Worries being insulted
23.25 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
14.37 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
39.06 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
36.10 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
22.58 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
54.11 Moderate

Safety in Lisbon, Portugal

Safety walking alone during daylight
88.28 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
65.66 High

Contributors: 464

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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13 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 24, 2022:
The main problem is scammers and pickpockets. If you try to stay away from crowds, visit tourist sites at less busy times, wear a money belt, carry a secure bag and don't venture out too far after dark, you'll probably be fine.

If you're just visiting, a taxi app may be a better option than public transport. They are inexpensive and safe, while trains/trams/buses are crawling with pickpockets.

Muggings are less common, but I've heard they happen. Though they can easily be avoided by staying away from isolated areas.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2022:
I went to Lisbon recently and I have to say that it's a pretty safe city. There's usually some middle eastern guys in the most popular plazas or areas in the city that may come up to you and try to pickpocket or rob, they dress really bad so it's easy to identify them. Keep your phones and pockets somewhere they're safe and you'll be alright for the rest of the day! It's an amazing city, Portuguese people are really kind and open minded.
Anonymous on Mar 20, 2022:
I grew up in Lisbon, to be honest during daytime the city is safe, i hardly heard of accidents during day time, but at night i would say that it is really unsafe, mainly in areas where people go out at night such as bairro alto, santos, cais do sodre etc ..
Ctil on Jan 19, 2022:
I currently live in Lisbon (female) and love it. I moved here from Chicago (YS) which is very high crime so this feels extremely safe. This is like anywhere in the world - just be aware of your surroundings.
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2021:
Lisbon being safe... Not my experience at all. I grew up around intendente and saw robberies, stabbings, drug gangs, desperate poverty and overall danger.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
The level of crime currently shown is 23.95% but as desperate as people are becoming since many hasn't worked very much in about 8 months now all levels of crime should be much higher in every category. Covid19 has caused alot of anxiety here in Lisbon.
Anon on Oct 18, 2020:
I lived in Lisbon for 1 year and it is not safe at all. Most of the people commenting are men so I think they are not as much at risk. But for me, I’ve never had as many problems in any other country or city as Lisbon (and I’ve travelled south east Asia). Particularly if you don’t look Portuguese you are at risk. In my experience and having spoken with people that live in Lisbon as well I would say the level of pickpockets and petty thefts is higher than places like Paris, Barcelona, London etc.
Juliana on May 23, 2019:
I've lived in Lisbon for 6 months and always felt safe, even walking alone at night. Some guys in the street did try to sell me drugs from time to time, though, but always in a non-threathening way.
Joxan on May 16, 2019:
I was in Lisbon 2 years ago with my family and found it safe. The people were very friendly and one young man went out of his way, walked us to a shop we were looking for and then to the train station. He refused a tip for his help. He asked that we tell people about Portuguese hospitality so more tourist would visit.
We stayed in a neighborhood Airbnb and had no problems. we weren't approached by any dealers maybe because we were a family? Do visit Sintra - beautiful!
I was in Porto about 10 years ago solo and found the people there friendly. One couple I met at a theater offered to show me the city and drove me around - free city tour!
Ben on Apr 30, 2019:
I am in Lisbon and been here many times . Like anyother big city it has pros and cons . Portuguuese are one of the most friendliest nation and very vey kind . Not necessarily everyone in Lisbon is Portuguese and for me it vvv safe .
Pls come and experience and be respectful to people and you will also get respect back .
Guy on Mar 24, 2019:
I've read all your comments... it's really bad luck. I'm living in Lisbon for about 11 years and never saw anything like described in these comments... never been robbed and never was offered to me drugs... and never witness anything like that... well...
Antonio on Oct 22, 2018:
#a.girl is not that wrong. My views might skewed since I only lived in Portugal's countryside and small to medium towns (pretty damn safe), but oh boy, will the city not gnaw your bones if you let it.
A gang of african women(with a common accent) circled me like like vultures the first few days on the metro stations, asking for help with the tickets(I clearly looked like a newbie to the city), I'm sure up to no good.
People are overall pretty hostile. I've been talked at by people I was paying service for with harshness I did never experience from even public servants. Everyone is trying to trick you into overpaying goods and services so you can never let your guard down.
There are indeed some neighbourhoods (mostly housing projects) I wouldn't like to walk around in, even during the day.
Taxi drivers are indeed hostile. I felt they were imposing themselves all along.
Beggars are quite "in your face". Then again, I can see them getting quite nasty to a weaker target.
I have some trouble believing Warsaw is more dangerous than this multicultural cesspit.
Andrea on Sep 02, 2018:
I'll be honest. I live here since I was born and I live in a nice area of the city so no one tries to sell drugs in this zone at least, but I go to down town sometimes and no one has ever try to sell me drugs so I don't know anything about that. In my experience so far, it is relatively safe here. You can walk around and no one really cares, I was never robbed or anything like that. But stay away from the bad and unsafe neighbourhoods, case then you will get into trouble.