Crime in New York, NY, United States

Crime rates in New York, NY, United States

Level of crime
50.37 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
54.28 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
39.44 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
46.39 Moderate
Worries car stolen
37.87 Low
Worries things from car stolen
47.29 Moderate
Worries attacked
44.70 Moderate
Worries being insulted
52.78 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
36.27 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
59.10 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
55.32 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
50.12 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
53.87 Moderate

Safety in New York, NY, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
73.17 High
Safety walking alone during night
50.65 Moderate

Contributors: 429

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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14 Comments so far
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.
Ted on May 03, 2020:
Rude and unwelcoming people. Even people in the UK aren't THAT rude. In NYC, people are pushy and violent, and the homelessness problem doesn't make it any better. Whoever said NYC is considered the safest need a serious reality check. Oh, and subways are one of the most filthiest there is because people are overly-trashy and uptight.
Mitsos93 on Feb 16, 2020:
New York is overcrowded, but it's a safe city in general. I stayed here only for 2 weeks in 2 relatives houses (mostly in Brooklyn), I went out everyday, used the Metro and I was never scared of anything. My relatives live here for over 50 years and they told me it's safe in general, although before many years, one of their houses was broken into... Also, as a tourist, be aware of some scammers in Times Square. I met a person dressed like Batman and he wanted to get a picture with me, probably for money... I refused.
Ryan on Jan 25, 2020:
NYC is not only the safest large city in America but has been for more than 20 years, so update your perceptions. Anything that wouldn't be a good idea here would also be a terrible idea in any other American city of over 50,000 people.
Nando on Nov 08, 2019:
NYC is fairly safe. Just make sure you don't act overly tourist outside of Manhattan. In Manhattan, it's completely alright. There are so many. Pickpocketing is not a problem I've heard anyone complain about.
anonymous on Oct 13, 2019:
If you are considering having a holiday or even moving to new york DON'T. very unsafe.
MHRBernardes on May 16, 2019:
You'll find a lot of weirdos and homeless people, but otherwise will be fine, specially in Manhattan, since the policing is very good and there's surveillance everywhere. I don't know a lot about other boroughs, but in Manhattan you'll be fine even in the wee hours of the night. Midtown and Financial District could get a little empty by night but don't be scared. The subway is safe and a far cry from the 90's.
Pedro Lopes on Mar 03, 2019:
i went to New York 4 times and had no problem at all, there are a lot of homeless people but i have not experienced any unfortunate situation. If you think New York is dangerous, you should come to Rio then
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2018:
I have been in New York City it was awesome. If only they fixed the crime rate and conditions in the projects I could’ve considered it outstanding. Otherwise it is still great.
Downtown ric on Apr 17, 2018:
All of NYC is safe. At day and at night. Just be smart and move like you know what you’re doing and you’ll be fine. Don’t let others scare you into not exploring areas that are riddled with gems such as Washington Heights, Harlem, Bushwick, and Bed-Stuy. Come visit us, we’re great!
Anonymous on Nov 11, 2017:
NYC is overcrowded, even tho very developed it has so much people that there's crazy people everywhere.. most safest borough is manhattan.
Boi on Sep 18, 2017:
MTA is trash. All boroughs are pretty safe during the day- just stay away from the Bronx and parts of Brooklyn during the night