Crime in Lisbon, Portugal

Crime rates in Lisbon, Portugal

Level of crime
23.97 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
51.46 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
22.72 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
28.58 Low
Worries car stolen
22.16 Low
Worries things from car stolen
36.57 Low
Worries attacked
21.00 Low
Worries being insulted
21.79 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
11.74 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
37.60 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
36.08 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
21.84 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
53.54 Moderate

Safety in Lisbon, Portugal

Safety walking alone during daylight
89.22 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
67.01 High

Contributors: 379

Last update: November 2020

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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16 Comments so far
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.
lorango on Feb 16, 2018:
It's one of the most safe cities in Europe. I live here since i was a kid, all good. Outside central lisbon is even more safe, because there are no pick pockets.

-Clavier, that's BS. Maybe you should check statistics, i live in lisbon for years. It's the most secure in western europe and it's after iceland in the list. Pickpockets and fake druggies appeared because of EU and influx of tourists. Pickpockets are a problem that should be fixed in europe, ofc.
Zen on Feb 16, 2018:
Lots of fake replies here and trolls. Anyway, apart from the weird fella selling you leafs, it's very safe and locals can speak english well, so if you cant speak the language it's fine. People are friendly as well.
northern on Feb 16, 2018:
#a.girl, what a liar. That's absolutely not true. Some portuguese guy must have dumped you. Get over it!
northern on Feb 16, 2018:
Definitely safe city, there might be some romanian pickpockets around but the police were very competent and helpful.
Robert on Jan 09, 2018:
Re: #Paul, #a.girl
I think, you meant "Porto"(and not "Portal"), Paul.
#a.girl: You say "Men insult women(...)behave unrespectfully...
Well, I can tell you, women are not the ONLY victims of violence and disrespect.
I'd been a victim of FEMALE VIOLENCE/BULLYING for a large part of my life!!
So let's not be a (female)shovinistics, please! Democracy doesn't work here!
Anyway, I agree with both of you to a large degree. I come from Europe and I came to New Zealand from Poland/Germany 16 years ago. However I visited Europe last time between 2012 and 2014. And I can tell you, if anything changed over there, is only INTO WORSE!
Now, as I've already mentioned I live on the Southern Hemisphere and I think I'm gonna cross Portugal off my list of places I want to visit in the near future (or even retire later on).
After reading your posts I'm a bit confused now whether Brazil is safer than Portugal or the other way around (I mean Porto Alegre for example) as I speak Portuguese well.
By the way, I still don't think that Lisbon is more dangerous than Warsaw/Poland -really!
However, now I'm seriously thinking about going to South America -not to Europe!...
Paul on Jan 21, 2017:
In the Lisbon and Portal expect to be approached by "drug" dealers approximately every 30 seconds. They will spot you from a hundred metres away then walk towards you. The tourist information tells you that it is not really drugs but cooking herbs. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't. No doubt the police are corrupt and don't care. There is even a man dressed as a Rabbi who tries to sell you drugs in the square. The drug dealers don't care if you're old or young, a man or woman. One drug dealer I said no to, muttered "I will kill you" as he left. How nice. I felt like pushing him into the sea. If you are not polite to them they may follow you just to show how tough and "above the law" they are. One grabbed my shoulder. I said "don't touch me" and he thew his "marujana" or herbs or whatever at me. I'm not sure why the police don't do more? Maybe its good for tourism to have drug dealers. It has been suggested that some of these people are not Portuguese but Moroccan immigrants. Well, Portugal is a poor country so you can't blame people for trying to make money out of the comparatively rich tourists. But it still pisses me off!
a.girl on Dec 29, 2016:
Yes, it is not that safe in Lisbon. Some of my colleagues have been mugged in city centre, I also heard about more serious assaults. In Lisbon there are many problematic neighborhoods to where better not to go even during daylight. Men insult women in summer dresses, behave unrespectfully.
Moreover in Lisbon they do not like foreigners, I mean at all, even tourists and even in tourist sites. They will try to trick you in the restaurants, will be rude to you. Try to avoid using local taxi, taxi drivers are just the rudest and quite violent.
Chris on Nov 23, 2016:
Loads of in your face begging, selling drugs and not giving up even with very, very firm no's. Zero police seen in a week around the centre and none of this controlled. Almost got mugged in broad daylight if not for a local coming out of their apartment and saw crews of pickpockets queuing for the tram. If the police actually do something it could be a great city.
Canadian tourist on Nov 02, 2016:
Sketchy! Downtown Lisbon by Rossio square. Thugs will try to sell you drugs and when you say no and walk away they will come back threatening you for money. I was eating at an outdoor restaurant when two thugs came about forcing me to give them money or an ultimatum. The waiters did nothing explained that the gang runs the street and the police won't do nothing because they're corrupt! Stay away from these low lives. Don't even talk to the thugs nor give eye contact. They are there to scam tourists! I've been to many dangerous parts of the word and never experienced this! I've got a rotten taste in my mouth!