Crime in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Crime rates in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Level of crime
91.08 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
93.67 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
57.08 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
87.72 Very High
Worries car stolen
84.33 Very High
Worries things from car stolen
80.07 Very High
Worries attacked
67.73 High
Worries being insulted
44.41 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
20.94 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
77.73 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
82.89 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
93.61 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
89.85 Very High

Safety in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
29.69 Low
Safety walking alone during night
4.59 Very Low

Contributors: 229

Last update: April 2019

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

#Yassir tazi on Aug 24, 2018 :
I was live for 1 year in Rio Grande De sul 2011 in city call canela -garamdo with my beautiful lovley x gf gaucha, I vitsied Porto Alegre. Caxie de sul .novo humguro , canela gramaro.... Is the most beautiful place I visted in my life, I never have problem in Rio Grande De sul , I have problem only in Sao paulo I get robber inside cafe the frist my day in Brazil.
#Raymond on Feb 27, 2018 :
American man here. So sad to hear how violent Porto Alegre has become in recent years. I was there in 2006 for a two week visit and found it to be quite a delightful city, especially compared to Sao Paulo and Rio. The first thing I noticed about POA as the plane was landing was how GREEN the landscape was, such a difference to the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo. I also visited Novo Hamburgo (Vale dos Sinos), and found it to be a wonderful city, and took a taxi to Praia de Torres, on the gaucho coast. Although the beaches of RS are not as nice as other areas of Brazil, the ride through the countryside from POA to Torres was beautiful. I'm glad I took photos, because I don't think I will ever visit that region again!
#Eros on Feb 23, 2018 :
By far the unsafest city I've ever been in Brazil. Full of shanytowns and slums. The city used to be good. If you live there, you pray everyday to god "thanks i'm still alive', since crime is totally out of control and people shot random people in the stret just for fun. I mean, ZERO SAFETY REGARDLESS DAY OR NIGHT. Visiting is very similar to any experience in Syria or Iraq.
#Anonymous on Feb 19, 2018 :
Last I checked Porto Alegre has a murder rate of 60 per 100,000 inhabitants per year. That's pretty bad. About 5 years ago it used to be 40 murders per 100,000 people per year.

That's just the homicide rate though, which is an awkward statistic to use since it gets inflated by gang wars. I'm not sure how you could find rates specific to theft, armed robberies, or even "latrocínio", all of which are more relevant than homicide rate for people like us.
#Gibran Malheiros on Dec 29, 2017 :
To live in Porto Alegre or any city of its metropolitan area is to live in a constant state of alertness.
You always have to be low profile, you can't have nice things, forget about using your headphone or smartphone in public places.
When you go home after work you fear you'll get mugged just because of your backpack, it could happen anywhere, in the street, in the bus, in the metro...

People like me that were born there are not really conscious about it and don't realise how severe it is, until you move to a different country.
Some fellow countryman here commented that Porto Alegre it's not that bad at all, I used to think the same.
It's the classical parable of a frog being slowly boiled alive, Porto Alegre has a civil war going on that people feel like home because they were born in it.
#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.

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#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.