Crime in Santiago, Chile

Crime rates in Santiago, Chile

Level of crime
57.71 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
67.33 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
50.38 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
56.66 Moderate
Worries car stolen
54.19 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
62.96 High
Worries attacked
36.88 Low
Worries being insulted
33.08 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
25.76 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
51.77 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
60.80 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
54.42 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
51.95 Moderate

Safety in Santiago, Chile

Safety walking alone during daylight
71.43 High
Safety walking alone during night
38.18 Low

Contributors: 203

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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14 Comments so far

#John Hogan on Dec 25, 2018 :
Just back from 6 weeks. Comparing to Brisbane, Australia. Santiago seems pretty low crime. There is a lot of security including door-men everywhere and houses are often heavily secured with bars, barbed-wire and even broken bottles in cement on top of walls. I walked everywhere including after midnight and was fine. There are often bags of rubbish lying around with animals picking through them but I believe this happens in the US also. People were generally friendly and keen to chat, even when I had no Spanish. Plenty of people will overcharge foreigners but that is an issue in all developing countries.
#Sergei Goncharov on Sep 28, 2018 :
Chile is definitely the safest Latin American Country, it’s even safer than the US! When you are there, you’d never say that it’s Latin America simply because Santiago is a truly European city. It’s rich and developed, the streets are clean, there are no “no go areas” within its borders, the people are nice and friendly, most of them speak English. However, avoid immigrants from other countries (Peruvians, Hondurans, Colombians etc.) because they are generally illegal and up to no good. Most Chileans look European, while all the immigrants have darker skin, eyes and hair, so it’s easy to find out who is who. I am not racist, just saying. Chile itself is like Europe. It feels and looks safe, however, don’t go to unknown districts at night and take precautions, you’ll be fine! There’s just a lot of scamming like everywhere else in the world.
#David from on Jul 25, 2018 :
Great article, thanks for the tips! Indeed, Chile is one of the most interesting countries in South America, with its diverse, pristine landscape second to none! However, the country is also afflicted by tourist targeted scams and crime:

Do be wary of the bird poo/mustard scam, poor student scam, border crossing scam, drink spiking, pickpocketing, robberies, muggings, pirate taxis, airport fake taxis, taxis with two occupants, carjackings, snatch thefts, flat tire scam and many more!
#ricky on May 15, 2018 :
well chile is a very safe country if you do a versus, against other capital in south america, in brazil people could kill you for 10 usd in sao paulo or caracas.... a lot of kidnap of people in other countrys of south america... in chile dont exist that is safe like spain... a bit less, chile is country very safe, whit strong a good police vs, other countrys police are corrupt. the problem in chile are migrant of poor and bad educated, of haiti (the worst), colombia (the worst), peru, do a lot of problems.... well chile have a own crime, but generally if are a chilean thief dont wanna hurt you for take the things more than a kick or punch... of you, but colombians are agresive and kill people whit guns and knifes.... chile is safe... the problems are migrants arrive like 3 years... for bad goberment socialist. well chile is cool country... but like all country you need to be whit eyes open.
#Sandi on Sep 21, 2017 :
I love Chile. I wish I could move there. I love the country, the wild life, the people. I don't know how I'd be received as an American wanting to become a citizen, but it is on top of my list of Countries to become a citizen in.
#Jorge on Apr 22, 2017 :
I tend to think that if you're a white tall blonde, you probably have much more probability to be mugged in this city that if you're not. Probably, because you have been advised that the city is safe, pretty safe indeed. Just have some precautions and you'll be fine, Santiago is no Copenhagen, but is all much safer than Chicago and it's in a whole different league than every other latin american capital with the exception of Havana.
#mrg on Mar 21, 2017 :
I have many stories, almost all good ones about my trip to Santiago. Do beware of the cab drivers, some great, some a disguised to rob you, as they say they have no change, that's because they want the whole thing as a tip. Always have exact amount ready to pay the cab. yes, if the bill is 11,000 pesos, you better have 11,000. if you hand him two 10"s or a 20,000 note, they act as if they have no change, the first thing they say is oh thank you thank you like you'll just let it go.. then they can't speak Spanish or English, no comprendo. Don't get out till they give your change, or your $ back, no one argued with me for too long, I'm sure they realized quick i want getting out without the change. (but it was hard to get change anywhere in that town, seemed only grocery stores would oblige). happened again at a cafe, they made me wait seriously 15 minutes while i stood at the counter, as if they waited long enough i would just go. Got one cab driver twice, he did it to me two days in a row. he didn't recall me but i remembered him. had no issues with Uber there however, probably a better way to go.
#Juan on Mar 12, 2017 :
I worked for 5 years in a hotel in Santiago as a security guard, and i can tell you, tourists get way more mugged than locals, thats because they think they are completly safe of how the city looks, and left things neglected in public areas and such. Local people take care of their belongings, never left their backpacks or purses alone and circulate with them in the front, never in their back. And robbers tend to mugging tourist because they have more valuable stuff. But the most important thing is that 98% of muggers are CHILEANS, so #Daniel, do not say shit about Haitians, Peruvians and Colombians, btw i'm chilean
#Karla on Feb 23, 2017 :
We are just back from a month in Argentina and Chile and had a wonderful time until our last day - riding the metro in Santiago a team of thieves got my husbands iPhone 7 from a secured Velcro pocket and were gone in a flash. We could not locate any police in the station nor at street level when we exited. We were told by the hotel that the police would file a case but we would have to attend the court in 2 weeks - impossible. We live in Chicago - and travel major cities of the world and in 35 years this is the first time we have been robbed. The city is beautiful and the people are just lovely - but don't let your guard down because from our experience and those I have read there is an active crime scene and you must stay very aware.
#Samerica gringo on Nov 28, 2016 :
#daniel- dark skinned Colombians? You think you can distinguish between Chileans and Colombians (besides their accents)? Good luck. Also, take the bus from the airport to the drop off station through the depths of the city - its both more beaten down/ugly, and, with far more 'shady characters' than I've seen anywhere in Colombia.
#Juanny on Aug 05, 2016 :
Hehe, #Daniel claims that "he's not trying to be racist" by warning us to "watchout for Colombians, Haitians, and Peruvians" ,well #Daniel I must inform you that you are racist. Because I've noticed that the Chileans dont have a problem letting Colombians, Haitians, or Peruvians watch over their children, cook meals, construct buildings, or better every aspect of the skinniest country in the world. Maybe we should out for you. Bigot. Hypocrite.
#kay on Jul 30, 2016 :
Chile are a typical south american country but they think they are a european country, there is a lot of hate crime in chile. The irony is that the same people that are from mixed races are racist towards their own kind.
#Daniel on Apr 28, 2016 :
Chile feels almost like an european country. Of course people get robbed like in almost every country but you won't get stabbed or killed like in Brazil or a central america country. Crime in Chile is very low, less per capita than the US. Now if you are planning travelling to Chile the only thing you should be aware of is Colombians, Haitians and Peruvian, they are very easy to spot because of their dark skin color. (no offence, im not trying to be racist but it's the truth)
#George on Mar 09, 2016 :
Watch out for a man about 60 years old with a heart operation scar who may try to befriend you at Plaza de Armas. I spent the entire day touring the city with him. Thought it was pushing it but was in a public place at all times so thought I was ok. Then at the end of the day he drugged my drink at the horse race track and stole my credit and debit card (I kept the bare minimal on me just in case this happened). The joke was on him though. When I knew what was happening I tried to go take out money to get a taxi home. But I was so out of it I put in the wrong pin and he made off with my cards without the right pin (thinking he had got my pin). So he paid for the whole day of drinks and lunch and taxis and ended up with nothing. Somehow I ended up in my hotel with all of my shopping bags and belongings and totally unharmed after a free tour of the city with beers and lunch included. I think he was telling the bank teller to take out more money and I was yelling at him and her not to. So must have made a huge scene and had someone intervene. Had my wallet and back up cards back at the hotel so was back in action the next day no problem. I am still laughing at the fact the thief treated me to a full day on the city with food and drinks and walked away with nothing.