Crime in San Salvador, El Salvador

Crime rates in San Salvador, El Salvador

Level of crime
88.21 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
73.15 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
62.50 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
77.36 High
Worries car stolen
73.15 High
Worries things from car stolen
78.24 High
Worries attacked
67.59 High
Worries being insulted
49.07 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
20.45 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
61.57 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
76.39 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
85.78 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
89.81 Very High

Safety in San Salvador, El Salvador

Safety walking alone during daylight
34.26 Low
Safety walking alone during night
8.33 Very Low

Contributors: 55

Last update: September 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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3 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Jan 05, 2019 :
I agree with Rodrigo's post.I'm a U S citizen who lived in El Salvador for almost 10 years prirorly.In each place mentioned I lived there 2 years.Santa Tecla,San Miguel,San Salvador,and 2 smaller city's being Usulutan and Sonsonate.If anyone living in El Salvador isn't alert regardless if they're a local or a forigner they'll soon find out they should've been.Day or night staying in the nicest areas it doesn't matter murders happen daily even in the smaller city's.Best advice mark El Salvador off of your list to visit let alone live there full time as I did.
#Rodrigo Delgado on Feb 24, 2017 :
I believe there are inherente problems to all relatively large cities. Some places are safe while others aren't, and one is to stay away from the latter. One problem with crime and gangs in El Salvador is that authorities are weak when enforcing the rule of law, and yet abusive when wielding their power before the average citizen. Gangs operate in specific parts of the country and one generally knows which places are those, but they have total control of such places, to the extent that commerce is interrupted and free transit is not allowed, while authorities sit by the sidelines, unable or unwilling to find a solution to this problem.
On a personal note, I have not been a victim to crime or violence, but I do try hard to stay clear from the areas most often associated with crime. Tourists and visitors to our country need not fear if they do the same, but this is a huge roadblock on the way to growth and development.
#Frank Shifreen on Apr 24, 2016 :
Even though there are gangs in the country, and they are fueling most of the crime. The murder rate is mostly, not all. gang on gang. Gang members killing each other. Sometimes gang members threaten civilians and try to extract protection (renta) from the public. As an expatriate. I have never been the victim of a crime. Have never had a break-in or robbery. I believe the press has exaggerated the danger in El Salvador. I do not go into the interior much, and perhaps it is worse there. Certainly there are gangs, but I generally feel safe