Crime in Santiago, Chile

Crime rates in Santiago, Chile

Level of crime
65.14 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
73.81 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
54.47 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
62.28 High
Worries car stolen
59.94 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
66.72 High
Worries attacked
44.86 Moderate
Worries being insulted
38.01 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
27.38 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
58.22 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
65.98 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
60.59 High
Problem corruption and bribery
56.77 Moderate

Safety in Santiago, Chile

Safety walking alone during daylight
64.27 High
Safety walking alone during night
33.33 Low

Contributors: 309

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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5 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.