Crime in Manila, Philippines

Crime rates in Manila, Philippines

Level of crime
74.36 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
62.41 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
60.56 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
67.84 High
Worries car stolen
59.71 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
62.18 High
Worries attacked
61.38 High
Worries being insulted
54.73 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
38.62 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
70.02 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
70.98 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
70.48 High
Problem corruption and bribery
82.69 Very High

Safety in Manila, Philippines

Safety walking alone during daylight
53.76 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
27.36 Low

Contributors: 289

Last update: July 2019

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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30 Comments so far

#henny's on Apr 04, 2019 :
didn't know it was so dangerous thanks for the info
#Koanga on Dec 16, 2018 :
Reading all this nonsense while I’m enjoying myself in Manila. Wondering at sundown at some random streets without any issues or fear. Don’t blame a city for few bad apples. I’m tall and muscular and have a attitude, maybe this helps but so far I didn’t come across to any bad experience in Manila.

And you think Manila is bad? Lol ... attempt a concert in us and get shot; go to school in us and get shot; go to movies in us and get shot; catch my drift?

I’ve been living in us for 17yrs now and been fortune enough to visit more than 50 countries, in my opinion us is less safer than Manila. What’s the worst think can happen in Manila? Her robber of $50? Big deal, what’s the worst that will defiantly happen to you in us (ny, Chicago, la, Detroit, etc) ? Dead.
#Dave on Aug 14, 2018 :
The best holiday you'll ever have in manila is the one you spend in Singapore. If you think Singapore is expensive and Manila is cheap wait until you lose your cash, credit cards, watch and some skin on a three day trip. You don't see men directing gangs of child pickpockets to visitors in Singapore in the middle of a mall carpark while security guards watch and do nothing. Manila is an absolute shithole.
#FuckManila on Aug 12, 2018 :
Worst. Do not go. I work in Manila City and every time I walk even during the day time even in tourist spots I can't shake the feeling that I would get mugged. They use ice picks or sharpened bottles to threaten you. Getting stabbed by those sharpened bottles are the worst as usually your organs get sucked out due to pressure. The locals call this "Gripo". Some even use sharpened umbrellas to steal. Bringing a car is far worse an idea as parking is extremely difficult as the local parking police frequently tow away vehicles yet there seems to be a lack of initiative as to create proper parking facilities by anyone. Foreigners never ever take a local taxi as they usually increase the amount to be paid claiming that their meter is off. Better to download the grab app and book. Do not use the calesa or horse carriages in Intramuros, you'd be supporting animal cruelty as well as they'd rip you off. Same as with taking a thing called a pedicab or a bike tricycle. They charge a lot and give a "tour" but all the information you need can be found online. Women will try to rip you off for sex. Most women that you will meet in bars in Manila are hookers. Some, on the other hand, will try to get into a relationship with you and will ask money from you for their families. ALL IN ALL Manila City is a shitty place. IF YOU MUST STAY IN MANILA just go to Makati and BGC. Otherwise, get a connecting flight straight to Cebu or Palawan AVOID MANILA
#Failipines on Oct 15, 2017 :
Manila is the worst place ever! Violence are rampant in those city. Better go Palawan.
#David from on Jun 05, 2017 :
Great article, thanks for the tips! Indeed, Philippines is a beautiful archipelago of islands of adventures and getaways. Unfortunately, there is a large number of tourist targeted scams and safety concerns over here.

Do be wary of the Ativan gang/family scam, familiar face scam, sob story scam, the bump and drop, paedophile scam, cards/poker/blackjack scam, beggars, fake goods, pickpockets, fake travel agents, bullet in bag scam, airline desk overweight luggage, immigration officer bribe, taxi spray scam and many more!
#Garley Levoski on Jan 12, 2017 :
You cannot keep having kids endlessly and then expect life to be good. It doesn't work that way.
#g on Jan 12, 2017 :
Keep having kids endlessly and then expect the rest of the world to help.
#city hunter on Sep 14, 2016 :
why is manila have so many criminals? i know the reason because they hate working they just wanna rob to be rich.the police must stop them they are so cruel they don't care about us. they must be stop i hate criminals. president rodrigo duterte will finish them all. no matter what it takes. president rodrigo duterte will send so many army and police to stop the abusiaf and the criminals.
#City hunter on Sep 14, 2016 :
The criminal of Manila make to many crime the police must stop them but they cannot but they cannot finish the criminal they are so many they do not care about us how can the children be safe they must be arrest or killed but we have a good president .President Rodrigo duterte he will finish the crime in the Philippines bomings .drugs,robbers president Rodrigo duterte will finish them all .president Rodrigo duterte is a good president he will finish crime
#Ray on Aug 22, 2016 :
What is the "Pony ride" everyone is mentioning. One guy said "Andy" explained it, but on my phone I don't see his name. Is it a taxi, or like in Guadalajara,Jalisco, Mexico, a real ride in a horse and buggy like in the times of the Spanish?
#Christian on Aug 20, 2016 :
Manila today they starting clearing operation everywhere. Noynoy Aquino it was happen when he was President but today under development and cleaning operation according to our New President Duterte.
#Charles on Aug 01, 2016 :
I hate this city so much.

It stinks, corruption, ugly people, and the food is worse than what you'd feed your pet.
#Anonymnous on Jul 10, 2016 :
The Philippines is not so bad... Try to look at it in a different angle. You guys just need a newer perspective in looking at things. After a tsunami struck Japan, that didn't stopped the tourist from going their...
#hobbs Jones on Apr 15, 2016 :
Manilla airport very dangerous many corrupt undercover police.They thought I was cia or military.Nope . Just redneck oilfield worker.US. government should give you tax deductionfor giving to charitable, organization.when going to phillipines.Or the united states should issue to all people going to phillipines counterfit money.
#hobbs Jones on Apr 15, 2016 :
Ok first thing undercover police harass you when you arrive.Trying to set you up for taxi ride.I was approached 5 times before I walked out side.I feel for phillipina marrage scam.The whole family was in on it.Aunts uncles cousins parents.Yes these people would do anything for money.I'm lucky I got out of that shithole.Alive.Well I supported woman for following year heard every fricken excuse for money.These people are low life scumbags.Any how this chinay woman got 25, 000 $ 0ut of me.p.s. I hope communist china takes over phillipines and cleans the slate.These people are vermin.
#bahnboa on Mar 30, 2016 :
The government is corrupted, taxing of everything, roads constantly being fixed when there is nothing wrong. High traffic, high taxes, however, for visiting it is not so bad. Living you should think twice.
#German Rosado on Mar 24, 2016 :
Sabreen's Sea Food Market Restaurant in Jorge Bocobo Street in Manila .Don't visit this place. Food is good but for sure they will overcharge you as soon as they notice you're tourist. I have receipt to prove it upon request. If you don't follow my advise then you will pay for your mistake.
#Michael on Mar 13, 2016 :
Hello guys. Philippines is maybe the most dangerous country in Asia. I have travelled a lot in Asia and for sure Manila is the most dangerous city in entire Asia. The filipinos fool you with a sweet smile....very low ethic cultured and for money they are big acrobats......shameful people.....when they cheat you, simply they say we are poor....Never go to this 4th country....Wished it was called a nation of Thieves and Evil people.
#Marcus on Feb 27, 2016 :
@ #cathy says - What kind of country is this that allows a person to have their money stolen and then ask for money to perform a knee surgery when it wasn't their fault. How sad!
Well, that sounds like every country, city and town on this planet, Cathy. Do you know of a city that actually allows crime to occur to people? Can you name a country that will pay all your medical care when you get sick or hurt? Can you tell me about a place where crime never happens? You have an incredibly twisted sense of reality and very likely are a lifetime Democrat voter judging by your words. Please wake up and smell real life!
#Anonymous on Feb 14, 2016 :
most of a women in manila are scammer! that's the truth
they will spend your money until you become depleted and leave you like a shit!
#DPK on Feb 11, 2016 :
Manila is an open sewer, plain and simple. I've read guides saying Manila is safe and such, and it's utter crap. I've been to the city quite a few times and while certain areas are OK, others like Malate-Ermita are crime infested, with scammers licking their chops when foreigners come around. I'm not saying don't visit Manila but just know the Phils allows private gun ownership and is a Third World country, so stay on your guard.
#Steve T on Feb 02, 2016 :
To start with Manila has too many people. Too many people will result in lots of different types. Yes the city needs to clean up. Yes there are questionable people. But that is in most over populated cities with lots of poverty. I've been pick pocketed once. The "Pony Ride" mentioned by "Andy" has been going on a long time. They got me back in 2003. Kept trying to find a place to rob us. A guard at the old fort would not let them in and gave me a serious look. I knew it was bad when they tried to take me into a jungle area and got out at McDonalds (they all have armed guards) they demanded $50 for a $5 fare, placed themselves in back of my wife getting ready to grab her. I opened my wallet and dropped the 2000P and they both bent to pick it up...we went to McDonalds and they eventually left. Of course the guard and shotgun may have been a factor. Now, most of Manila is safe as long as you don't act stupid, carry an ID, an ATM card, and no more then enough cash to meet your needs. (in different locations). I do that anywhere I travel. If you are looking for female companions, be sure you know their age. There are scams to shake down foreign men. If you can, shop with a friend who is from there. But go, have fun, enjoy some of the friendliest people in the world. Great food! Won't name my favorite Hotel...but a good one is Bayview Pacific.
#philip on Dec 14, 2015 :
Okay. So let me say something. I have been traveling the world since 1990. I am retired US Navy. I have been to many many third world countries. I have been to the Philippines many many times. I have never had a problem there. With anything at all.

For the tourists that comment on here. Those are individual events. Of course there are going to be some. How many horrific stories would there be about New York, LA, DC, Miami. Yo have to be kidding me when you guys claim this city is not safe. How many thousands of tourist visit, how many 1000s of westerner's live there. The crime rate is average to any Major metropolis anywhere in the world. Go to Britain, there doing cocain on the toilet covers. So please give it a rest. Enjoy the city, travel smart, be alert, do the right thing. I have ben robbed in the US more then anywhere else. While I am currently working overseas, my son back in the US got his wallet ripped off from a gym and his car almost got stolen right out of the drive way.
#Andy on Nov 02, 2015 :
Beware of the guys operating the pony and trap ride in Manila. Trap describes it perfectly. I naively accepted a ride for PHP20, glad to take the weight off my feet. The guy did a U-turn and picked up his "co-worker". When I grew uneasy and asked to get off (within about 5 minutes), they kept going until we were off the main street away from onlookers then demanded PHP2000 ($43), insisting that was the agreed fare. That's $43 for a five minute ride. I was threatened with the horse's whip if I didn't pay. For my safety, I had to give up all the money I had on me - PHP2600($55) - before I was allowed to disembark. It would have been more if they had not believed they had cleaned me out, which they had, except for PHP600 in another pocket. So this wasn't an inflated fare or "foreigner's price", it was actual robbery. This experience has put me off returning to Manila ever again (which is sad) but if you do go, trust only the trains and hotel transport.
#Dave on Aug 29, 2015 :
I went for a holiday in the Philippines and had a really fun time but here are a few things I would like to share.

You should visit the malls, there is so many and they are so packed with so many shops. It is really great to shop and dine there. MOA is definitely somewhere you should visit.

The people there are really formal and will refer to you as sir/madam. I have never received this type of service in my home country. It's great!

Makati City is definitely somewhere you should visit. I felt very safe there and seems safe according to Numbeo.

Palawan should also be on your schedule as well.

Okay, a few cons.

Firstly, I felt threatened in the airport. A lot of people were staring at me. Lots of people were beginning to get close to my luggage as well. Way too close... It had nothing to do with the fact I am a foreigner as I was born and raised in the Philippines, in other words, I blend in. I had to endure this for about 2 hours because of the traffic and my driver was still stuck in it.

Secondly, the traffic. Nothing else to say...

Another thing is the high presence of security guards. Usually, they appear in the entrances at malls and other public utilities. Their idea of frisking is usually a pat around the waist and sometimes they just let you pass. I'm sure a lot of people know this by now. Security definitely needs to improve if it's there to protect civilians. It may just be due to the fact that a mall has very low security risk and is generally a safe area. Or there is a lack of training given.

Another thing is the taxis, they are incredibly picky. They will not take you to certain places and just drive ahead. I found this out when I wanted to get a taxi back to the hotel from MOA.
#Jay on Aug 23, 2015 :
I'v walked all over Manila and Davao day and night as I please with my beautiful soon to be wife. We were never particular about where or when we walked around. Given I'm tall and very muscular, but still I never saw the bad things people say. Love the people and will visit again soon before she gets visa to the u.s.
#michael on Jul 26, 2015 :
you want to ask about crime in the philippines .

what about police corruption in the philippines . tourists beware . search in google bringeannahome .

The following is going viral around the internet ref the Filipino police corruption ref a Irish citizen

Irish priest Shay Cullen has published articles in the manila times and other national newspapers ref this case .
Please read the articles
father shay cullen is a irish priest out in the philippines who runs a charity called

recently in the manila times and papers abroad he ran these two articles
i am sure you will agree it makes some interesting reading .
#Anonymous on Jul 12, 2015 :
Sensible is the way to go don't carry too much cash and be aware of what's going on around you at all times
Usual for any big city
No problems if you follow the above
I live in Quezon City
#Misty on Jul 04, 2015 :
You already know Filipinos are god living people.They are poor.Don't wait for the children to steal.If you have give them something. You will see them smile.They are hungry.Don't criticize them because they are poor.
Do you want to be in their shoes.I was born in the Philippines.I know how is it to be poor.Raised and grew up in Tondo.I have lived in Europe and now a united States citizens.We majority of Filipinos are poor but we are nice and happy.In Tondo I want to go back all the time.I have sense of belongings that I feel I'm free no government intervention.I can do whatever as long as I don't hurt anybody.Dogs and cats on the everywhere on the street. Vendors selling anything in the sidewalk.Filipinos don't have time for drama. .I love tondo.I live pinas.most of the time Filipinos just want your stuff so they can sell and buy food.They don't kill .If they stole your money or your cell phone just say at least I don't have to steal so I can eat.