Crime in Medellin, Colombia

Crime rates in Medellin, Colombia

Level of crime
64.47 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
48.15 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
36.31 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
60.95 High
Worries car stolen
43.05 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
54.01 Moderate
Worries attacked
40.51 Moderate
Worries being insulted
31.87 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
16.10 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
63.74 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
56.11 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
61.95 High
Problem corruption and bribery
70.38 High

Safety in Medellin, Colombia

Safety walking alone during daylight
65.33 High
Safety walking alone during night
38.05 Low

Contributors: 137

Last update: May 2021

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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6 Comments so far
Jaime on Mar 18, 2021:
The city is liveable and mostly safe; at the same time do try to stay alert. Don't show off; hide your watch , wallet and smartphone and if you go to wrong places at wrong times then you might just get to know the dark side of the city;

No dar papaya!
Martin on Feb 13, 2021:
Pretty safe place. None of my Colombians friends was ever robbed or saw shooting. I dont know what the guy under me is drinking.
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2021:
We visited for two weeks. On the second day we got followed by some guys who probably wanted to rob us but gave up when we noticed them. On the third day we got robbed at gunpoint. On the fourth day someone tried to pick my pocket in the subway. After that we stuck to our hotel room and did not leave the most touristy area.
Every local we talked to had been robbed multiple times. Some had worse stories (carjacking, family member murdered).
People are very proud of their city and tend to deny that there is still a safety problem, but I’d strongly recommend against going.
Nicolas on Oct 25, 2020:
Gabrielle is wrong. There is really no need to be paranoid about you getting mugged. Just use your common sense like in any other city around the world and avoid dangerous situations like drugs and prostitution involvement. ive lived here for 21 years and never seen a person getting mugged or gotten mugged myself.
Gabrielle on Feb 16, 2020:
It might be safer than the 90s but it’s not completely safe. You have to be diligent at ALL times because thefts and/or robberies can happen in the blink of an eye and with violence. South America in itself has a lot of corruption and while improvement has been made compared to the past, you still need to be on guard. It’s a great city for digital nomads but you can still see plenty of evidence of corruption everywhere(human trafficking, drug trafficking, thefts, poverty etc
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2018:
This city is extremely safe, I visited there and it was delightful. Just take normal precautions, you don't need to be paranoid, yet don't be stupid and travel alone at late night, since the crime rates are significantly higher. Stick to the main touristic areas and you'll be all fine, petty theft is common though.