Crime in Manta, Ecuador

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Crime rates in Manta, Ecuador

Level of crime
68.53 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
76.87 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
60.20 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
72.70 High
Worries car stolen
57.42 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
67.15 High
Worries attacked
51.87 Moderate
Worries being insulted
45.59 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
32.35 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
71.88 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
68.53 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
69.92 High
Problem corruption and bribery
91.18 Very High

Safety in Manta, Ecuador

Safety walking alone during daylight
64.37 High
Safety walking alone during night
28.26 Low

Contributors: 18

Last update: January 2023

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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3 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2021:
i moved to Manta in 2018. I find this numbers very intriguing. Worries home broken and things stolen
65.00 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
70.00 High
Worries car stolen
60.00 High
Worries things from car stolen
72.50 High

Areas listed above on the high to moderate range yet yes people feel safe walking around at night. Safety walking alone during night
32.50 Low

Like all larger cities there are places to stay away from and areas that are considered safe. I have no problem in MAnta
David on Nov 18, 2019:
I visited Manta, Ecuador around June 2019. I had my camera phone and Chromebook stolen from my hotel room on a Sunday morning while I was at breakfast in the hotel. It happened all in less than an hour while I was out of my room. I was in the hotel for less than 10 hours in total. I just need a place to sleep for a couple of hours before catching a bus to the next city.

If I could go back I would have just called an Uber or Taxi and stayed at the bus station until morning. I was actually at a decent hotel that I had booked on the Booking website, but I decided to stay a day longer but because I did not have enough cash I had to choose a random place further down the road that was not on Booking but less expensive. It seemed very safer when I arrived with a security guard when I went to sleep but in the morning super insecure. In hindsight, I should have just collected my things from my other hotel instead of looking for new accommodations. I could have just called an Uber and went to the bus station in Manta and I probably would have been better off. It is generally much safer with police and security presence. I probably could have spent the night there while waiting for an earlier bus departure.

My recommendation for Manta is to booking something on a booking website at a hotel that accepts credit cards. The problem is it is hard to find that in Manta. Normally I prefer to stay at chain hotels like Best Western, Marriott, Hilton or even a good backpackers hostel but there are none in Manta. There is not a single HOSTEL or chain hotel in the city. They have something called a hostal but it's pretty much just a bed and breakfast. Overall I had a safer time and experience in Guayaquil than I did in Manta. I stayed some nights in Guayaquil in a real backpacker hostel and other nights at the Marriott branded hotels. Overall I would say Manta is not very foreigner-friendly, it's a place that Ecuadorian families go to have a short vacation. If you have the cash there are some OK and better options in Manta than what I found but I had just come from Peru with very little USD and expected more places to accept credit cards. There are a few places that accepted credit cards but the price was heavily marked up and not worth the value for what I was getting in return or so I thought.

Overall I had a decent experience with the police in Manta, they were quick to respond and helped investigate the hotel. Unfortunately, we did not find my missing items but I was left with a good impression of their police force compared to experiences that I have had in other cities and countries when trying to report a crime. As a foreigner, I felt safer in Guayaquil and Quito than I did in Manta.
Jeremy on Aug 01, 2019:
I visited in 2001 and its by far the most crime riddled country in the area. The locals were very friendly. It wasnt safe to go out alone at night.
One night i had to leave a restaurant alone and the owner ordered a taxi for me and told the driver he was responsible for my safety. I arrived at my destination safe and sound.