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Crime in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Crime rates in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Level of crime
91.04 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
93.39 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
57.75 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
88.01 Very High
Worries car stolen
84.74 Very High
Worries things from car stolen
79.74 High
Worries attacked
68.46 High
Worries being insulted
44.65 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
20.55 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
79.96 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
83.19 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
93.97 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
88.65 Very High

Safety in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
29.45 Low
Safety walking alone during night
4.60 Very Low

Contributors: 174

Last update: November 2017

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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12 Comments so far

#Dan on Feb 22, 2017 :
#Anonymous and #FBear, I believe the rates are per 100,000 inhabitants. That's what most stats agencies use anyways :)
I lived in "good areas" of Porto Alegre and the Vale do Sinos for almost 30 years and saw my share of violence really close to me since I was a small kid. I eventually left to live in the countryside when my son was born, which was a lot better. I still have relatives in the region - every single one of them was assaulted, beaten, and robbed one or more times, even seniors have been suffering (as an example, mom was a nurse going to work in her white uniform when she was robbed at gun point I believe at the age of 66 - dad was retired when he was last robbed at gun point at the age of around 70). Most of my friends and relatives do not live in what are considered bad neighborhoods. I left the country - too much for me and my family :(
#FBear on Apr 04, 2016 :
Anonymous: Your figures seem a bit distorted. In the five years I have lived here, after having moved here from St Louis, Missouri, one of the most violent cities in the USA, I have not seen the kind of death rate you mentioned. Based on your figure about homicide of 22 peer 100 people each year, you are talking about more than 332,000 people per year, or 22 percent t of the population of the city alone, not taking into account homicide in other metro cities. Time to rethink. With these kinds of figures, the city would be desolated within 5 or 6 years. Maybe you left out a decimal as in 2.2. According to the statistics for the first nine months of 2015, the average is 1.89 per 100. In St Louis, the rate in the city is around 3 percent.
#Anonymous on Mar 10, 2016 :
Kevin, so u are a exception. First, the most dangerous european countrie have a homicide rate around 3,5 per 100 habitants. Germany and Spain, per example has a rate around 0,8 according UNODC. At the same time, Porto Alegre has a homicide rate around 22, and that data is very underestimated, cause in Brazil the goverment always try change the criteria about what is homicide in order to make it seems not too unsafe and to show a better data in the elections. Even when it is a clear case of homicide it is too hard to make the notification because of a lot of burocratics situations and stamps needed. A lot of money and time is requested to do a homicide notification here.

Something fun about this issue:
http://www.joselitomuller.com/governo-muda-criterio-de-homicidio-e-brasil-se-torna-pais-mais-seguro-do-mundo/
#Kevin on Feb 24, 2016 :
I am from Europe and have lived in the center of Porto Alegre for almost 1 year. I have never encountered any sort of crime whatsoever. I think that the city is beautiful and is safe.

I find that people who are targeted [for crime] are usually gullible and expect the world be all nice and pink. The world is not all nice and pink and you need to take care in every part of the world. This is just common sense.
#Anonymous on Feb 17, 2016 :
I was robbed 2 times already, plus one other time that i got away.
#None on Nov 29, 2015 :
I was born and raised in Porto Alegre. I loved the city, but I had to move to Campinas. In the begining, I thought that Campinas was a violent city, due to the news broadcasted by the newspapers, but I was totally wrong: in this 6 years living here, the violence rates has decreased, I can walk alone in streets (night and day) and never was robbed. In contrary, in the neighborhood I lived in Porto Alegre: 8 deaths for no reason by gunshot (3 in the middle of the day), dozens of car stolen and dozens assaults followed by death. The irony relies in the fact that I lived in a "high standard" neighborhood, where the social condition wasn't a problem. I am relieved for have moved from Porto Alegre, but I feel worried when I think of my family and friends that still live there.
#Bibo on Nov 05, 2015 :
I'm a girl who lived there for three months. Assaulted with a gun once. Everybody I knew there has been assaulted or robbed at least once, if you are a foreigner and you seem like a foreigner is even worse. Just pay attention and don't bring valuable stuff with you.
#Anonymous on Sep 18, 2014 :
Although the crime here is definitely high, I think the rates in the site are a bit exaggerated. If you come to the actual city, you will see it's actually not that bad. The city is one of Brazil's most developed and you should be fine unless you keep wandering into dangerous areas or in crowds without paying attention to your surroundings.
#Anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 :
I live here since I was born, 24 years ago, I was robbed once and it's rare to find someone that wasn't robbed at least once. It's fairly easy for a thief to get a gun here. The safety varies greatly from district to district, so keep that in mind when looking for a place to stay, although there is not a 100% safe place. Also it doesn't matter if you're in an empty street or a crowd, when I was robbed I was in a great crowd in the city center.
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2014 :
In my 23 years living in this city I was mugged 2 times, one threatened with a knife and the second at gun point. My house was broken into one time while nobody was there. Clothes drying on clothes line were stolen over one night. One of my cousins had his car robbed 4 times. You can't have a car here without insurance for robbery. I don't know anyone in my close social circle that wasn't robbed at some point in their lives. If I could I would move to another country and insecurity would be one of the reasons (not the main one though). Make your own conclusions...
#Anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 :
I am done!! I had no time to buy what was robbed from me last week. And today i already was assaulted ‚Äč‚Äčagain! The xenophobia's group to forgive me, but i am going to live there with you in the rich countries! Here is impossible build something!
#Brazilian Cop on Mar 02, 2014 :
"Playboy, you lost! Give me your money right now or i make your brain fly with the wind." I really doubt a foreigner stay here more than two months without hearing something like this at least once.