Crime in Montreal, Canada

Crime rates in Montreal, Canada

Level of crime
26.38 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
49.49 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
26.88 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
22.80 Low
Worries car stolen
23.22 Low
Worries things from car stolen
36.67 Low
Worries attacked
22.17 Low
Worries being insulted
24.40 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
14.94 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
44.15 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
39.74 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
24.62 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
49.86 Moderate

Safety in Montreal, Canada

Safety walking alone during daylight
89.61 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
69.88 High

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Last update: June 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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16 Comments so far
Laertnom on Aug 15, 2019:
Montreal is very safe in most places. Places that aren't safe are not places people want to go or to live in. Gentrification and immigration density creates a lot of homeless people though. They are not dangerous but in some spot you can have 15 on a street corner. There is more immigrants in Montreal than native people so people saying locals are racists are dishonest. It's true that if you dont speak french you can have a hard time. French is Québec's first official language so you wont be served in english everywhere. Nine out of ten provinces speak english though so if you go in the only one where they speak french, that's on you. Yet Montreal is very bilingual and friendly, there's always the chance someone around you will help you be understood.
Akbaar on May 26, 2019:
I used to live around Jean talon and to be honest, Parc ex is the only dark area of montreal everything else has been good since, I went to park ex recently and seen the same exact shit I see in toronto
Verdunite on Feb 06, 2019:
Been living in Verdun for the last 4 years, and before that 5 years in Griffintown (pre-condopocalypse). To be honest in all that time ive only had my car broken into once (in Griffintown) because I carelessly left my laptop in overnight (thieves have ways of detecting large electronics).
I love my neighborhood, neighbors look out for each other and the streets are very safe. I live next to a zone that used to have gang activity (3rd Street) and can't say theres really anything happening anymore. Never been accosted, approached or bothered and I am routinely out at night due to work.
Montreal is very safe, just have your wits about you and use the same common sense that applies to any big city.
Montrealer on Jan 11, 2019:
Stay out of the black areas and you'll be much much safer and enjoy the city way more.
Duke on Aug 15, 2018:
I’ve been reading a lot of hyperbolic comments about Montreal, from “this is the safest city in North America” to “you’ll get robbed/mugged/violated in some other way”. Out of curiosity, how the heck are there so many shootings in a city that claims to be safe AND is in a country that doesn’t allow firearms? If nothing else, how come people claim it’s the safest when Toronto routinely ranks above it in safety indices? The “pro-Montrealers” just keep regurgitating the same cliche of “we’re ranked best and safest” without backing that up with real data or proof. It’s like the media is trying to shove this idyllic image of Montreal down people’s throats because the city needs evert tourism penny it can get, and those who are loyal to Montreal are just biased and can’t let go of their pride. Montreal might have been the best XYZ at one point, but it sure isn’t anymore.
E on Jul 23, 2018:
We were parked in a bright lot with cameras at the Old Port, during broad daylight BESIDE a monitored security office, and security patrol driving around. Our window was broken and backpack with laptop was stolen. Children's things in the car and all.
Tony on Jun 19, 2018:
I lived in Montreal all of my life until last year. It wasn't until moving away that I started appreciating how safe Montreal is. I used to walk alone at night all the time in Montreal with no problem, which I don't feel as safe to do where I live now. In 23 years, I've only been robbed once when I had my phone snatched out of my hands at Atwater Metro. I once had my bike stolen too. Other than that, in 23 years, I've never had anything happen to me.
IKnow on May 05, 2018:
I have lived in Verdun last 3 years. no problems at all. I even go biking at night. I leave at 10 pm and come back in daylight. I bike all over downtown city. lil burgs. east end all down st catherines est untill it ends where thr real ghetto and prostitutes and ive never ever hsd a problem
Nico from beaco on Mar 22, 2018:
In the past week 10 teenagers have gone missing and that number is increasing
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2017:
Toronto claimed 150+(per year) murders when I was living there in 2002-2004. I surely avoided some areas.
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2017:
If you understand the social economics of a city, then a rational decision will follow as to accepting the perils that coexist.
LOL MArla on Aug 20, 2017:
Damn Marla, you must be on some type of hard drugs. Montreal is the safest major city in North America, and one of the safest in the world! most people here are just making shit up, such as Marla. Crime is going down yearly.
Eric Savoie on Aug 18, 2017:
To Marla and Sherri: take your meds!!! Please readers don't believe a iota what those psychos are describing. Perhaps you act like total asses and that's why you got attacked! I've lived in Montreal for over 20 years, lived in different neighbourhoods and the city IS a safe and lovely place to live! Please come and visit us we enjoy visitors! Montreal is ranked one of the safest places in the World, but like anything else if you are not smart, and rude and idiot, something will happen to you WHEREVER you are! And the French speaking do speak English most of the time and welcome visitors. Hope you'll enjoy your visit or your new city! :))
Marla on Aug 05, 2017:
Typo on that last email, I meant that I have BEEN followed, harrassed and assaulted by strangers in that filth stinky city.
Marla on Aug 05, 2017:
Yes, it is like Nazi Germany. Lots of very racist people, and French hating English is racism too. I have followed, harrassed and assaulted by strangers in that filthy stinky city. Police are being investigated for corruption. Crazy drivers in the streets tried to run me over on several occasions. Many people seem disoriented and do not know if they are coming or going and some are angry walking lunatics ready to attack and vent their frustations on some innocent victim. The people do not care about other people, have no consideration for anyone. They look psycho like they want to assault someone or cause serious bodily harm. Lots of alcoholics and drug users and govt letting people out of institutions to save money. They never seem to have enough money in this town even though the taxes are sky high and the city is overpriced. The city has literally gone to the dogs. Hell is probably a better place. You meet a better class of people. And the French elitism and horrible immigrants they are letting in are destroying the ciy further.
Sherri C on Aug 05, 2017:
I have been in Montreal for just over 3 years and was assaulted 8 times by strangers. 4 were women, 4 were men, 2 were sexual assaults. The others involved a punch in the arm, a woman tried to break my legs by pushing a stroller with a child in it right into me, one guy walked right into me after getting off a bus attempting to cause me harm and hurt my legs. They seem to be into leg breaking in that town. Some of these people seemed crazy, some not. 2 were French Canadian, the rest all immigrants, non English. I am always getting harrassed in that town by people trying to get me to talk to them and they seem to be into some kind of criminal activity. The police are lame there too. Does not help the situation. That city has a long history of extreme violence committed by people who should be locked up in max security.