Crime in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Crime rates in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Level of crime
38.79 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
45.57 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
26.64 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
32.56 Low
Worries car stolen
40.25 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
42.43 Moderate
Worries attacked
37.05 Low
Worries being insulted
37.22 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
26.76 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
46.14 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
45.54 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
28.07 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
75.62 High

Safety in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Safety walking alone during daylight
81.52 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
52.24 Moderate

Contributors: 446

Last update: December 2023

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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11 Comments so far
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2021:
Numerous cases of violent mutilation per year, high level of corruption, plenty of drug dealers, a lot of scammers in the downtown that sometimes rob their victims, ubiquitous weirdos on PABS… Still you’ll feel quite safe almost in any part of the city during any time:))) I have no clue how this works
Michael Baez on Aug 22, 2021:
Great city, very friendly people, much safer here than NYC! Most violent crimes committed by muslim population here, they cant seem to integrate with any culture on Earth!
Anonymous on Jul 25, 2021:
I advise you not to risk visiting Russia because the Russian people are racist, barbaric and very savage, Russia is a country of prostitution, crime, corruption and racism, and these characteristics are unique to Russia without other European countries.
Anonymous on Jun 01, 2021:
I visited this city a certain time back but i felt very safe. (Safer than in most European cities i visited such as Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels) Some caution should be taken regarding to the nightlife because drugging or extortion occur. Police isn't very reliable as well.
hi on May 23, 2021:
@Moroccan Girl

only person who seems racist is you.
*HULK* on Jan 17, 2021:
Something you have too high a percentage of 44 people use alcohol and drugs
Moroccan Girl on Jan 02, 2021:
Yes, St. Petersburg is harmful, but nevertheless it is less harmful than another Russian city. This is what is happening in Russia.

Russia is not a good country to visit and Russian people are not a good people to be treated with them.

Whoever wants winter tourism instead of visiting Russia, he will visit Finland or Norway. Helsinki and Oslo are much better than all of Russia.

Russia is a country mired in poverty, corruption and racism, and its people are selfish, barbaric and thirsty for bloodshed.
Anonymous on Dec 05, 2020:
@ForeignerLivingINRussia is spreading lies about country. Police is not corrupt, this times have gone, and is effecient (state gives much money for police), also muggings and robberies are way lower than in any big western european city. Nazi is also not a thing, there are strong anti-extremism laws against them, even post in media is considered crime.
barkov on Oct 15, 2020:
Guys st. Petersburg is quite safe. On national level it is even slightly lower, and a little safer than Moscow, especially at night. But beware of some mafia gang and sketchy people. In 90% of the time, these organized gangs won't even talk or engage with you. However some members mug people, locals and tourists many times and throw slurs. Also there are racism and police is not very efficient but waaay better than other police in other russian cities. Apart from that enjoy
ForeignerLivingInRussia on Feb 21, 2020:
I've lived in St. Petersburg for 10 years and although this is very beautiful city, but unfortunately at the same time it's a criminal city also. It's THE MAFIA CITY of Russia, although the organized crime gangs don't indulge with the foreigners, or even with local people who don't cross their path.

Muggings happen all the time, no matter if it's daytime or night time. if you don't take precautions and are not alert all the time then you can become a victim of a mugging or robbery etc. And moreover the passersby won't help you either.

Another thing is that this city is full of skinhead Nazi gangs which comprises of mostly youth punks who also do drugs etc. It's very ironic that the city which faced the horrendous attack and siege during the Second World War by the Nazis, today in that city gangs of skinhead youth are roaming freely idealising the same ideology of Adolf Hitler. And this is not restricted to just this city. This is prevalent in all over Russia, and people and the Government do nothing to stop it.

So if you belong to an Asian country or an African one then be careful while visiting this city or Russia overall.

Police is SUPER corrupt and inefficient here and if you are a foreigner and approach a policeman for help he won't help you, unless you are an American or a European Citizen of white skin, and if you hold a European passport or an American passport but your skin colour is dark, then forget that you'll get any help from the Police unless you first involve your embassy in the matter.

I've read all the comments and I wonder why some people who have lived in Russia for many years and are still living here, are so naively claiming that this city is safe??? The purpose of this forum is to provide the true information and give a clear picture to the coming visitors so that they can stay safe while enjoying the beauty of this city.
Denis on Dec 21, 2019:
Hi, Sometime ride bike or walk along embankment Neva river during almost 14 years. In any season.Ordinary my promenade go since 10pm or later till 01 am. But never saw any trouble situation. My route go through Petrogradsky Island, Vasilievsky island, Angliyskaya Emb., Dvortsovaya square, Isaakievskiy, Millionnaya str. and Aleksandrovskiy park.
By my opinion this route is not dangerous. But of course places near Nevsky pr. especially where bars and you're too drunk...Will better if near been sober friends)