Crime in Quito, Ecuador

Crime rates in Quito, Ecuador

Level of crime
69.73 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
75.89 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
52.20 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
68.06 High
Worries car stolen
58.34 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
64.03 High
Worries attacked
52.06 Moderate
Worries being insulted
40.28 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
25.87 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.08 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
59.86 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
66.39 High
Problem corruption and bribery
81.82 Very High

Safety in Quito, Ecuador

Safety walking alone during daylight
56.68 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
21.56 Low

Contributors: 153

Last update: July 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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3 Comments so far
Tom on Feb 13, 2020:
I spent a couple weeks in Quito in June 2019. I was solo and spent a lot of time in La Mariscal but because I was solo didn't risk going out much at night (basically at all as everything around my hotel closed at night other than nearby bars). Overall, the trip was fine. I went up the Telefrico multiple times solo (in spite of the online warnings of rape and murder) and had no problems other than the [changed word] who didn't think I understood enough Spanish to understand he had problems with my naranja backpack for some reason. I had a couple of incidents where people randomly insulted me in English. One guy from some random apartment yelled "hey geek" (great insult!) as I was walking along Avenida Amazonas presumably because I wear glasses and had a 15-16 year old girl call me a "loser" as she biked by me I guess because I'm a middle-aged white dude travelling solo. I also had a store clerk try to short change me 10-15$ US, a clerk in a mid-market hotel try to short change me $2-3 and was constantly trying to figure out what the gringo price is. Water was everywhere from 50 cents to a dollar and would often change from day to day even with the same clerk, at the same store, for the same brand of water. I also got bad food poisioning from a Dominican restauraunt in La Mariscal. On a few occassions I think I was being sized up by one of the local glue sniffers or whatever he was using who I kept running into in the sidestreets near Colon and Amazonas but didn't have any problems as it was the middle of the day. Having people insult you just because you're a foreigner doesn't leave a good impression but at the end of the day the worst I experienced was inflated prices in the corner stores...well, other than the indigenous woman who almost ran me over making a left hand turn onto the side street i was crossing...if i didn't know any better i would say she was trying to clip me at least a little bit
Andres Velastegui on Oct 16, 2017:
Quito is a safe city, you just have to be careful with your personal belongings, don't leave them just like nothing will happen, also like above commentaries, just be aware of your surroundings, people from Quito are kind you will get help and information about the city, where not to go, or sometimes some of them are very protective and they will recommend not to go some places at night, I was hosting (couchsurfing.org) a girl from Taiwan and she told me that her friend's dad told her not to go somewhere because is dangerous, but for me that place is normal :D you just have take care of yourself and don't take risks. If anyone is willing to come visit Quito and need suggestions I am open to help, just find me in your favorite social media web HAHA @cochu006
Frank Regis on Sep 30, 2017:
Quito is very safe City,for sure ther is small crime llike any where else , I spend all my years vacation 2 months there
Remember Quito it is one of the safest city in South America , I will back to get small home for $40,000 and live to the end of my existens around volcanos and spring mineral water .