Crime in Madrid, Spain

Crime rates in Madrid, Spain

Level of crime
35.58 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
63.01 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
37.35 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
38.59 Low
Worries car stolen
34.12 Low
Worries things from car stolen
46.52 Moderate
Worries attacked
31.73 Low
Worries being insulted
33.68 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
28.78 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
45.80 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
47.66 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
32.35 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
66.12 High

Safety in Madrid, Spain

Safety walking alone during daylight
78.35 High
Safety walking alone during night
63.26 High

Contributors: 250

Last update: October 2018

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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9 Comments so far

#pagancelt on Jun 07, 2018 :
I'm Irish, I've lived in Madrid for almost 2 years, working as a teacher. I have lived in New York, Dallas, Connecticut, London and Dublin, and I find Madrid to be safer and friendlier than any of the above. I have come home at all hours of the day and night, walked alone through many streets, and never had a problem - except occasionally with attempted pickpocketing (never violent). Usually late at night, when I was under the influence! I was pick-pocketed successfully only once, in my first week here on Cava Baja by a guy who came up offering a "high five" (to get your hand in the air) and he started tapping my shins with his foot, like he was playing at football - a distraction the police call the "Ronaldinho". Watch out for this. However, after this happened, I had no problem spotting suspicious approaches. The pickpockets don't get into any serious trouble for stealing, but there are severe consequences for violence, so it rarely happens. Madrid is a city of many neighbourhoods (Malasaña, Lavapíes, Chueca, La Latina etc) with many great bars and restaurants, you will have a great time here. The poster who spoke of only going out at night with "armed guards" seems to me to be completely paranoid and off his/her rocker! Madrid is by far my favourite city to live in, and I like to party - I'm out several nights a week to all hours and I thoroughly recommend it! The only tip I can offer re pick-pockets is to carry your notes in a clip or a flat plastic wallet, making it hard for thieves to easily see where your money is - I had a fat wallet in my front jeans pocket the (one) time I was robbed! And don't carry a fortune on your person, I never take more than about 50 euros from an ATM. Also, I have never found the Madrileños to be either aggressive OR rude, in fact the oposite - they are very friendly when you speak with them. Madrid is great!
#Pepe on Apr 16, 2018 :
I have lived here in Madrid for 2 years and I would caution anyone about safety in this MAD city. :-) There are A LOT of pick pockets, especially around very careful. There are also a lot of sex clubs here - so please take extra care in these places I would say in general the people here are very aggressive and (could be considered) rude. Also, for the men participating in gay activities here - (for those who don't know, Madrid is quite a sex destination in Europe) - there are a lot of men who have unprotected sex here and the rate of STIs are increasing dramatically. All in all, watch your back.
#Anonymous on Feb 28, 2018 :
Franco era? How easy is to be opinionated without a cultural background of the situation. Barcelona wants to go back to Middle Ages era, then.
#Jane on Feb 16, 2018 :
Gary, maybe because Madrid has many neighborhoods with muslims gypsies!
#Jane on Feb 16, 2018 :
The most UNSAFE city in Europe.About 3 of the rooms on the 7th floor of a hotel got broken into. Money,i iphones,jewelry etc taken. They entered by key card. Police were called and didnt want to know. Corrupt as hell.

Lots of streets have weird men looking at you like you are a piece of meat. Pickpockets in touristic places.
#anonymous on May 31, 2017 :
hi, I was wondering what its like to life in Madrid? Does it cost a lot of money for water and heat and other public sevices?
#Anonymous on Dec 09, 2016 :
Hey Gary,

Your poor friends, to me it sounds as though the hotel saw them coming and probably got them to drink in the hotel bar rather than roam the beautiful and (in my opinion) very safe streets of Madrid!
#Donato A. on Nov 12, 2016 :
Madrid is on of the safest cities in Europe. Gary, the staff at the hotel where your friends stayed must be fear mongering to charge them for some kind of service. I go to Madrid twice a year and I go out until all hours of the night and I've never had the slightest problem anywhere. It's a beautiful, safe, city. Obviously there are some areas to be avoided, but most of these are at the outer fringes of the city, areas you wouldn't go to as a tourist regardless.
#Gary on Jun 19, 2016 :
I found the comments and ratings on Madrid very interesting because they go against what I have heard from friends who visited there. The were told in no uncertain terms by the staff at the hotel where they were staying that is was no safe to go outdoors at night unless accompanied by a guard, preferably armed. The hotel involved would supply staff if necessary. So, they didn't go out at night. This was not that long ago, so maybe things have changed recently. At the same time they spent time in Barcelona and southern Spain with no difficulties at all. We were in southern Spain recently and we found no problems other than is seems like about 50% of the population of Barcelona wants to separate from Spain and go back to being independent as they feel that the Spanish government has not moved far enough and fast enough away from the Franco era.