Crime in Medan, Indonesia

Crime rates in Medan, Indonesia

Level of crime
54.31 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
70.97 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
46.77 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
48.28 Moderate
Worries car stolen
41.13 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
50.81 Moderate
Worries attacked
48.33 Moderate
Worries being insulted
39.52 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
44.35 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
43.55 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
50.00 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
49.19 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
73.39 High

Safety in Medan, Indonesia

Safety walking alone during daylight
59.68 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
41.94 Moderate

Contributors: 31

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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4 Comments so far

#J on Oct 07, 2018 :
Almost got robbed at a smaller quieter street at Jl Sultan Hassanuddin at 11am. The potential robber was probably in his twenties. We were both on motorbikes when he approached me. He must have seen me keep checking my phone for directions to know i am a tourist.
He started out friendly asking question where i am from, where i am going. I said thank you and ignored him. But he was persistent and keep asking and keep circling around me. He then becomes more agitated in his questions. Then when he was beside me he tried to grab my phone from the front compartment of the bike but i managed to grab it first. He became quite hostile and started throwing vulgarities at me and demanded for my wallet. Good thing we were already on the main road by then and i used the heavy traffic to evade him.

Probably not a good idea to follow Google Maps into some of the more deserted streets...
#kitty on Apr 22, 2018 :
Something got stolen on the streets of Medan. 2 little kids on a motorcycle. robbery, not attacked.

ps. if some stuff is stolen, where does it go?
#J on Aug 17, 2017 :
Thanks for the post Frank, I'll be coming to Medan soon. Very good information.
#Frank on Jun 04, 2017 :
I have lived and worked in Medan and surrounding areas between 8 and 9 years. I have taught thousands of Indonesian students and adults in that time. As I am in education I have asked many of these questions so I have a very good idea of the problems here.
Recently I was robbed again, fortunately no injuries occurred. I have often considered writing a blog about Medan outlining the main areas to avoid and the most likely places to be robbed.
Tourists beware! Medan is not a safe city by any means, in my estimate up to 70% of Medan is not suitable for tourists. I am not including Lake Toba or Bukit Lawang, simply Medan, Belawan to Binjai.
For the short term tourist I would recommend hiring a guide from a reputable company. ( How much is your safety worth?) For the backpackers they are usually more aware of whats happening, even though they know they will be ripped off by the greedy bastards. For the long term most foreigners use cars with drivers, not many use public transport.
Usually I use angkots or becak so I have a good working knowledge of the city. Be aware that security and police are just for show, 99.9% of crime goes unreported or unsolved. Once the bike thieves have their hand on your property its gone, never to be recovered. If you look for justice in Medan then good luck. If you injure or maim a thief the family will come looking for you to squeeze you for money. If you do kill one of these bastards just throw money in the air and run away. If you see a robbery just take a photo or video and post online. DONT get involved, the police will squeeze a foreigner for coffee money or amplop.