Crime in New York, NY, United States

Crime rates in New York, NY, United States

Level of crime
54.81 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
60.78 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
41.50 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
49.95 Moderate
Worries car stolen
40.50 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
49.14 Moderate
Worries attacked
49.82 Moderate
Worries being insulted
55.04 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
40.56 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
61.17 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
57.93 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
54.01 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
54.05 Moderate

Safety in New York, NY, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
69.17 High
Safety walking alone during night
46.40 Moderate

Contributors: 585

Last update: June 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 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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11 Comments so far
Jerome on Mar 06, 2024:
I lived in NYC in the Bronx for 20 years. During the 2000s and 2010s, much of NYC has gotten much safer, and even much of the Bronx is safe to walk during the day, though tourists should generally stick to the Bronx's attractions.

Though crime has increased after covid, Much of Manhattan(aside from Harlem), West Brooklyn and Queens and Northwest Bronx are still safe for both tourists and citizens. East Brooklyn and the South and Central Bronx are definitely a risk.

What can really get you is the pervasive "what are you lookin at" hood mentality outside of the wealthy and tourist areas that remained after the 80s/90s crime wave, rather than the crime.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2023:
Very safe city. Lots of police presence everywhere. I walked during daytime and during the night as well, never felt unsafe anywhere. Among the world's biggest cities New York is probably the safest. Paris and London for example are both very dangerous, with London being more dangerous than Paris in my experience.
Anonymous on Aug 23, 2023:
Was in NY several times. Every time I'm returning from NY I am glad that I leaved this horrible city with so dishonest and greedy people, so much aggressive and violence.
Anonymous on May 27, 2023:
Avoid the west and south. Also, there is a lot of racism, corruption, and just rude people there in general. Most of the schools are terrible. And a lot of pushing and shoving
Bing Bong on Jun 21, 2022:
I actually think that New York City is the best city in the world. My Uncle NAV works here. Danny Yang.
Frank Jiale Li on May 28, 2022:
I'm a native of Shanghai. I neither hate nor like NYC. My mom and I stayed there (excluding Bronx & Staten Island) for several days in 2016. I was a teenager back then.
Why don't I hate it? Convenient transportation. Various restaurants and shops, of which you won't easily get tired.
Why don't I like it? Some areas are a mess. Too many snobs and dishonest people.
Thanks to dishonest people, we had two unhappy and frustrating experiences in NYC, which the following paragraphs depict.
My mom brought me an ice cream cone from a van on some street near the Charging Bull. What we wanted was a big one, but what we received was a small one, and the seller asked us to pay the price of a big one. We didn't notice sth was wrong until we'd already walked away. Wanting to check the prices, we went back at once, only to find that the seller had completely disappeared, along with the van. We're pretty sure they'd never left before on that day.
In order to fly back to Shanghai, we went to JFK Airport. While we were waiting to rent a luggage cart, a man just ahead of us, who was a fellow Shanghainese, had some problems paying his rent. After about 10 minutes, he seemed to give up but still didn't leave. We were eager to check in so we didn't wait anymore and walked forward. We paid our rent and took the luggage cart before walking away. On our way to the check-in, the man walked in the same way behind us while pushing a luggage cart, which made us both surprised and confused. When we were waiting to check in, he stood ahead of us in the line (probably cuz he was more familiar with the whole procedure). My mom checked our bank account on her cell phone, only to see the rent of two luggage carts had been deducted, which meant that he took the other one. He saw us and talked to us, like he'd done nothing wrong. Then he gave us only a few coins, which definitely didn't cover the rent of a single luggage cart.
Anonymous on Feb 06, 2022:
Worrying of being attacked of ethics origin : low???? Really?? Many Asians just got attacked or murdered from these past 2-3 years
Anonymous on Aug 18, 2021:
Manhattan is pretty safe at most times sometimes in some places things can get a bit sketch but pretty safe there are a lot of homeless just don’t mind them. Brooklyn- also pretty safe but if you are a tourist they may not treat you as well as they did in Manhattan but it’s pretty safe their until you get closer to night time then in places like parks or other public places aren’t THAT safe but nothing to be afraid about. Queens - similar to Brooklyn all places will have some weirdos but queens I have seen a lot of people that are just random. Bronx- probably least safe a lot of drug dealing. Staten Island I never stayed long enough to know
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
NYC is safe nowadays people are stuck in the 70s-90s when the city was a violent s***hole. Murder Rate has increased in 2020 but still remains far lower than other cities in the US.
Joseph on Jul 20, 2020:
New York is interesting. Safety wise its average, probably better than London or Los Angeles. But i had fun visiting it. I went their on a trip, i do not live there so i cant exactly say what its like to live there. But i enjoyed my time there.
Michael on Jul 11, 2020:
Safer than London UK in my opinion as I have visited both, they are both however overpopulated and New York of course does have its issues. People here seem to be nicer than the people up London and I overall saw less trouble compared to my trip here compared to London. I would say New York is overall safe but it’s current problems do need sorting out otherwise it will get worse.