Crime in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Crime rates in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Level of crime
38.88 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
42.75 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
26.77 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
34.72 Low
Worries car stolen
41.53 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
44.40 Moderate
Worries attacked
36.56 Low
Worries being insulted
35.08 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
26.69 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
42.66 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
46.60 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
28.57 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
75.10 High

Safety in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Safety walking alone during daylight
82.03 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
51.86 Moderate

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Last update: October 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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8 Comments so far

#Igor on Sep 05, 2019 :
I live in Petersburg all my life. Anastasia is completely right. This is a criminal city. Like most of Russia. There are no safe places.
#B2 on Dec 14, 2018 :
Been here several times and felt no crime. All the people are intelligent. Donno, maybe Ive been only in the centre and it's worse in suburbs. I see that there is corruption, but thats no surprise - in ALL Russian cities there are bribes.
P.S. "Taxi drivers on drugs and with guns"... Donno, maybe Anastasia has a prosecutor's job and tries to indict everyone :D
#Dmitri on Apr 23, 2017 :
I know that some crime exist, but if you not looking for it, you saldom have to experience it.
Though it always a good idea be careful and follow basic safety tips.
#Igor on Jan 31, 2017 :
Great city, have been there several times and never experienced any trouble, have met lots of wonderful people, stayed our the whole night during the white nights period in June. The jazz and Russian rock culture is amazing. Honestly, I felt more insecure in Paris surrounded by scores of Middle Eastern and African immigrants looking at you suspiciously and disrespectfully, same applies to certain Swedish cities and to Berlin, though I have been living in Germany for 20 years. Some people here have probably never been to Russia and like to bash around.
#Anonymous on Jan 24, 2017 :
Anastasia's remark is ridiculous I have to say. I've been living here for twenty years, I've never been afraid walking alone through parks in the dark - never. As Boris mentioned, there is a place called Kupchino in the south of the city. Maybe she spent all her time there among immigrants, but even there you won't ever see a taxi driver "with guns" and "on drugs". I have no idea what she meant by "rude service on flights" - I and my German husband fly very often from and to St. Petersburg - and I can say that St. Petersburg has the best airport I've ever visited (never had to wait in any line there).

I don't know what Anastasia did if everyone was rude to her and tried to offend - never happened to me. Neither had anyone ever tried to rob or threaten me, it's just funny to hear. :)
#Erik on Sep 07, 2016 :
I think Anastasia's remarks regarding this city is obscene and wonder if she is a troll. The many people and times I have visited, and am visiting in 1 week, are completely opposite from her account. Perhaps if she is having problems she is the one who is rude...and I have seen many rude tourists in my travels around the world. Shame on her.
#Anastasia on Aug 09, 2016 :
To my experience, it is a very dangerous city. I've been living there for some time, also visited since I was 14 pretty often. I have had a lot of problems there: from rude people trying to offense you almost every day, robbery, corrupted rude police and guards who can even threat to a simple citizen for nothing, or maybe just for fun (and I am a usual young girl who never broke the law), inadequate taxi drivers on drugs (and according to their own words -- with weapon) and very bad and rude service even when you fly 1st class from this city. Of course, young people and bar workers are friendly and nice, but the rest is awful. If you stay for a weekend as a tourist - it can be nice if you go to trendy places.
#Boris on Dec 24, 2015 :
Went to St.Petersburg last September. I must say, the city has hugely improved since the bad old days of the 1990s. Generally had no problems; a couple of people asking for change in the tourist areas of the historic center, but that was to be expected in any city.

Was told by Russian friends to stay away from "spal'nye rajony" (can be translated as "dormitory suburbs" or "banlieu dortoir" in French: the less-central districts filled with 5-to-20-story apartment buildings where there is absolutely nothing else to see or do) at night. They specifically said Kupchino was not the best area to hang out in at night. Had no need to go to such areas anyway, but a good tip just in case. The only "urban suburb" that I visited, Peterhof (I am talking not about the nice historic part near the park, but the heavily residential area) was totally fine, even at night.

The metro is super-clean, beautiful (nothing to do with the NYC subway, for example) and seemingly safe. I think nowadays corruption is much more on Russian people's minds than everyday safety.