Crime in Natal, Brazil

Crime rates in Natal, Brazil

Level of crime
91.67 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
81.82 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
66.45 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
90.79 Very High
Worries car stolen
79.87 High
Worries things from car stolen
77.60 High
Worries attacked
62.99 High
Worries being insulted
48.29 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
31.16 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
70.14 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
80.19 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
92.53 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
91.44 Very High

Safety in Natal, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
35.39 Low
Safety walking alone during night
10.06 Very Low

Contributors: 77

Last update: October 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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5 Comments so far
Jesse on Dec 20, 2022:
Very helpful. As someone who was recently in Natal, I felt very comfortable in Ponta Negra. North side of Natal is rough as Sergio noted.
Sergio Oliveira on Jan 24, 2021:
Hello Anna S,

Ponta Negra is probably the most popular beach in Natal. With this said, you will feel safe in the morning, but at night, the chance to get mugged may increase.

Ponta Negras has a lot of bars and nightclubs. I definitely recommend you to go there.

Ponta Negra/ Capim Macio are wealthy neighborhoods but Ponta negra has a small zone called "Vila de ponta negra" which is pretty dangerous around there (due to drug traffic).

This zone is close to "Corais de ponta negra" which is a known "luxury gated condominium" in Ponta Negra.
Anna S on Aug 17, 2020:
#Sergio Oliveira

What can you say about living in Ponta Negra? So far so good for me, but it does feel quite rough. I am not confident walking in the street alone after sunset.
Sergio Oliveira on Aug 04, 2020:
So, basically Natal-RN is considered one of the most violent cities of Brazil but the Media won't tell you that most of the homicides are between rival gangs. Theres 2 different factions in Natal trying to take control over the drug in the city which is PCC vs SDC (alliance with CV "red command")

So, i will try to explain everything you need to know about Natal.
Natal is basically divided between Safe (wealthy areas) and unsafe areas (poorest areas)

Red light:
All north area (crossing the bridge),Felipe camarão, Bom pastor, cidade nova, cidade da esperança, planalto, guarapes, Quintas, Rocas, Praia do Meio and Mãe Luiza are red zones. it doesn't mean you can't go there, but there's nothing interesting there, and you will have a high % chance to get mugged if you're not local or show up jewelry.

Green light:
Lagoa nova, Candelaria, Neópolis, Capim Macio, Nova Parnamirim, Tirol are considered Wealth areas and you won't have problems around there, but be careful, criminals tend to drive around these neighborhoods to steal and mug.

Yellow light:
Alecrim is full of street markets, so you may feel a bit unsafe due to the environment but i would give a 50/50 chance.
Lagoa Seca is mixed between rich people and poor people (old people living there). 50/50
Cidade Alta/Ribeira you may see a lot of homeless (drug addicted). You may feel realy unsafe if you walk around some parts of Cidade alta/Ribeira. Similar to Lagoa Seca, you may see a lot of Private schools and rich people but also poverty mixed (specially when you're close to the train line)

If you need more information about the right streets you should avoid, let me know! I can show you on Google maps!
lizzy xox on Jun 11, 2020:
Very good piece of work could use some adjustments though.