Crime in Madrid, Spain

Crime rates in Madrid, Spain

Level of crime
25.59 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
54.07 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
27.42 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
29.48 Low
Worries car stolen
22.82 Low
Worries things from car stolen
34.37 Low
Worries attacked
22.84 Low
Worries being insulted
24.22 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
17.95 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
38.86 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
38.60 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
23.26 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
55.42 Moderate

Safety in Madrid, Spain

Safety walking alone during daylight
87.04 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
69.81 High

Contributors: 473

Last update: August 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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26 Comments so far
Ricardo on Jun 27, 2022:
Madrid is a very safe city for how big it is, don't mind the people talking about "Moroccan gangs" or "Latin gangs" since it's a huge exaggeration, it's much safer than Barcelona or Valencia
Anonymous on Feb 18, 2022:
Very disapointed, we went Sevilla, Valencia and Barcelona. So nice cities, trouble free.

But in Madrid I had my wallet stolen by three moroquian teenagers in the downtown.

At the police station we had to qeue up 2 hours since it was plenty of tourists reporting thefts.

I cannot recommend Madrid.
Peter on Feb 16, 2022:
Madrid is nowadays the Spanish most dangerous city by far, with more kidnapped, killed and stabbed people than any other city.

Gangs of "macheteros" have taken over the city, so go to there at your own risk.
Anonymous on Feb 12, 2022:
Although Madrid is insecure, cities like Barcelona, ​​Girona or Bilbao are more insecure
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2022:
Don t go to Madrid...boring and so dangerous city.

attacks agains elderly people and women by moroccan youngsters... The government does not do anything and they victimize the collective. The people who complain are called racists. It's a popular word to use nowadays...
The society gives them rights but nor responsibilities. They give them money and assistance while they have a multiple crime history behind. It's like free pass for everything, since they are ''vulnerable colectives''. How about the elderly and women? We are being eaten by this rats.

Local people trying to work and be good citizens, but they cannot even afford rent nowadays. And the government encouraging the importation of problematic people that have little future in our society because their mindset is so rotten.

Nothing makes sense anymore...

Criminals are not being punished enough, and locals get fines by breaking some stupid rules such as laying on the sand or opening a bar terrace during covid.
JoséF on Jul 27, 2021:
For a city of its size, Madrid is safe; it's definitely safer than cities like Paris and London. There is an ample police presence, most cities are lively and full of people until the early hours of the morning, and Madrileños can be some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
However, pickpocketing is an issue (as it is in every major city nowadays), and certain hate crimes (especially against the LGBTQ community) are on the rise.
Anonymous on Jul 15, 2021:
in all of my twenty years living here i was never a victim of a crime myself, although hate crimes based on ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation are increasing
Shalomander on Jul 12, 2021:
Madrid has virtually NO violent crime. The only crime of that level (muggings) happens in Villaverde. The last person who commented that “Usera and Lavapies etc.” were dangerous is a liar. During my time in Madrid, I went to almost every area in Madrid, at night too, the only issues you may face as a tourist are scammers and pickpockets, the only gun crime that happens is in the outskirts of the city, but is still rare as the police are pretty effective. Madrid is by far SAFER THAN PARIS AND LONDON.
Madrid is also has the LOWEST MURDER RATE OF ANY EUROPEAN CITY OTHER THAN LISBOA.
Anonymous on Jun 28, 2021:
Please you should figure out smth before visiting Madrid:
- Madrid holds the largest drug market of Europe, which leads to very high violent crime rates.
- Madrid is the Spanish leading city in randon citizens being kidnapped take It very seriously.
- Leading city in street shootings and people stabbed in the street.
- It s the city with more "no go" áreas such as Usera, Casa de Campo, Batan, La Latina, Vallecas, Lavapiés, Ciudad Lineal. As you can ser An awful lotm
- There are street shootings by South América and African gangs, which doesn t happen in any other Spanish city.

To sum up Madrid is where you have more chances of getting injured.

Go there at your own risk and venture.
Margaret on Jun 28, 2021:
We visited Sevilla, Santiago and Barcelona, Madrid was the most dangerous by far.

so unsafe city, the downtown is taken over by africans, my friend had to give over all his belonguins.

I can´t recommend.
Anonymous on Jun 04, 2021:
Very safe. 2nd lowest Murder Rate in Europe. In response to people who have been victims of crime, crimes often increase during tourist season (Summer) due to influx of tourists, and most crime is committed by Tourists against other tourists. During other seasons (in downtown at least) violent crime is pretty Low and virtually non existent.
JoeyF on May 31, 2021:
I am quite baffled by some of the comments made on Madrid. I am not Spanish, but lived in Madrid for some time and still go there very often, so I have a good viewpoint on the capital of Spain.

Madrid is one of the safest cities not just in Spain, but in Europe. In a day and age where cities like Paris, London, Berlin, and Brussels are seeing their image deteriorate because of crime, pickpocketing, and decay, Madrid manages to remain a place where one does

Is it a perfect city? Absolutely not. Are there areas where you need to be careful? Absolutely. But compared to other major cities, I am always in awe at how Madrid manages to remain safe and welcoming. Maybe there are benefits in nàot being a tourist-magnet and over glorified euro-las vegas.

Now, a special message to Aart Geldof: I noticed that you accused people from madrid of being jealous (had to correct you there) and that there were more "western expats" in Barcelona. My response: And? Madrid also has a large "European expat community", but it's much more than that: it's a multicultural city with immigrants from places as diverse as China, Latin America, Morocco, Turkey, Romania, Portugal etc. Barcelona is a great city, but in terms of ethnic diversity Madrid is a true melting pot.
Aart Geldof on Aug 12, 2020:
No go place.

My wife was pushed to
the ground and has her wallet and passport stolen

I can t recommend
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2020:
So unsafe city, we were calling at Sevilla, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, all quite safe and I can recommend but Madrid.

Gangs of so called "macheteros" coming grom South America and Morocco have taken over a sizeable share of areas of the city, a friend of us was stabbed in the very down town so WATCH OUT!
Anonymous on Feb 03, 2020:
Good grief, we live in Madrid. It is shockingly safe. No guns, people are calm, the drivers are extremely careful because pedestrians are everywhere in crosswalks. People
mind their own business. There ARE pickpockets that are pros, so in crowds you just need to keep track of your stuff. But to highlight the difference between the violent U.S.
and Madrid/Spain, we were in a little hamburger joint the other day and a homeless drug addict walked in, looked behind the counter, opened the kitchen door and grabbed the box of money. The woman in the kitchen saw him, told him forcefully, to put it back, while waiving her finger at him. He stopped, turned around and brought it back to her. Another example, we were on the train the other day and three 20 yr olds with tattoos,very rough looking, were standing at the door waiting for the train to stop to get off and when we stood up and came near the door, they immediately stepped back to let the “mayores” (old people) have priority (I’m early 50s, hubby 60 but young and in good shape, we aren’t disabled or anything). My husband said “no, no, it’s ok” in Spanish and they smiled and said no no you go. At which point I joked about the fact we must be mayores! The young guys broke out warm grins from ear to ear. There is a kindness and value placed on human health, safety and respect that is not equaled in the gun infused United States that has lousy to no healthcare for so many. I’m daily amazed at how hard life is in the US compared to here. We have not been in the areas here that might be a bit more seedy, but even those areas, no guns.
Philip on Jan 06, 2020:
I am now living in madrid, i have known so many ppl from all.kind of places. I can tell that if stay in the tourist zone like malasaña, chueca, sol, etc u will not get in any problems, only some pickplckets and some junkies that r so high they arent able even to talk so u dont need to worry. Now if u go in the outsiders of madrid watch out with the gypsies and latin gangs cus these guys are dangerous, ive become friends of some of them cus im spanish acc but be careful if u are tourist and dont get cocky, they dont doubt in stabbing or slshing with their machetes.
A on Jan 02, 2020:
A very safe city from an American standpoint. I never got robbed or anything, and always kept my eye out for any pickpockets. The metro is great, the food is great, and the nightlife is wonderful. I plan on going again this summer
Sophie on Sep 23, 2019:
We had our belonguins stolen by pickpockets.

In our way back home, other travellers in the plane told us they were mugged.

Avoid Madrid at any cost.
Victor on Sep 05, 2019:
My wife and me were mugged in Madrid, general perception of lack of safety even in highstreet, can't be considered ad a safe place.
Klaus on Aug 31, 2019:
Went there on business, quite dangerous city you must be so street wise, otherwise you are likely to be victim of violent crime.
I had my laptop stolen, police station are overcrowded, I gave up after 1 hour waiting and queing up.
Jenny on Aug 26, 2019:
Appalling situation of the street crime this summer.
Went in a tour, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Madrid. Only in Madrid I was molested by an aggressive group of Argelians and a friend of mine was mugged and seriously injured.
I am afraid I can't recommend.
Stuart on Aug 24, 2019:
Watch out !, there is a serious issue of violent crime in Madrid.
We stayed there 1 week spring 2019 and 7 chaps were stabbed in the street in 1 single day !
Neighbourhoods such as Malasana, Lavapie or Chueca were taken over by pickpockets and violent junkies, recently were extremely violent riots of Somalians some times fighting the police, some other fighting groups or Argelians with several seriously injured.
We could not get around alone at night since there are dangerous gangs of Moroquians chasing tourists, we won't be back.
Even the airport is unsafe, people has been stabbed there, smth I have never seen in any other European city !
Nicola on Aug 24, 2019:
Me and two friends were mugged, a friend from RSA had his wallet stolen.
Plenty of aggressive Nigerians selling fake gods in the downtown, they even dare to challenge the police, even in high street, as if we were in Lagos.
Going outdoors at night might be so dangerous.
Definitely a quite dangerous, city specially at night.
Anonymous on Jul 03, 2019:
The police corruption/bribery in Madrid is 0, who are the ret***rds which constantly vote Madrid with high levels of corruption? There is 0 corruption in Spain amongst the police or public services. The only corruption Spain has is the political one !!!

Try to bribe a cop in Spain and you get directly to jail. They are well paid, from my personal experience in Western europe, only Italian police is slightly corrupt.
Toto on Jan 27, 2019:
AS a tour guide and expat i see and hear a lot. In the past six years Madrid has cleaned up and tripled its police force leading to almost no crime from my point of view. 10 years ago many customers had been victims before i met them, over the past 3 years....only one. Madrid is safe at anytime as in the summer i go cycling with my 5 years old at midnight with no worries.....
Breixo on Dec 13, 2018:
Jane, you remind me of an American lady on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Miami. She told me that she had lived several years in Spain and that she still remembered ... I made the gesture of an elephant's trunk, Elephants?, I told her and she answered, "yes". Obviously, he was referring to bulls and bullfights. Later she explained that she had really lived isolated in what was the El Encinar de los Reyes urbanization, a true "ghetto" of the Americans in Madrid (military from the Torrejón air base), with their own firefighters, American schools, sheriff, and signs and advices in English.
As the lady of the anecdote, Jane has not known Madrid, in fact, I doubt she has not even been to Madrid or she may have been in a "Madrid" of the 35 cities with the name Madrid in the whole world: Canada (1), Chile (1), Colombia (5), Dominican Republic (1), Spain (1), Equatorial Guinea (1), Mexico (1), Philippines (2), Puerto Rico (1), Sweden (1), the United States (11), and South Africa (9) ... and you can see them all on their corresponding map.

Madrid is a populous city of 3.2 million inhabitants, which is ranked 12th among the safest cities in the world and ranked 5th among the safest cities in Europe, followed in 6th by Barcelona (Europe is the safest continent) of the world), ahead only has cities as sparsely populated as boring, Amsterdam (0.8 million inhabitants), Stockholm (0.9), Zurich (0.42) and Frankfurt (0.8).

See that: http://safecities.economist.com/safe-cities-index-2017