Crime in Medan, Indonesia

Crime rates in Medan, Indonesia

Level of crime
50.93 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
68.97 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
43.10 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
44.44 Moderate
Worries car stolen
37.93 Low
Worries things from car stolen
48.28 Moderate
Worries attacked
44.64 Moderate
Worries being insulted
37.07 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
42.24 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
39.66 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
46.55 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
46.55 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
71.55 High

Safety in Medan, Indonesia

Safety walking alone during daylight
62.07 High
Safety walking alone during night
44.83 Moderate

Contributors: 29

Last update: February 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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3 Comments so far

#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.