Crime in Santiago, Chile

Crime rates in Santiago, Chile

Level of crime
68.94 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
78.15 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
56.96 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
66.35 High
Worries car stolen
64.08 High
Worries things from car stolen
69.03 High
Worries attacked
49.55 Moderate
Worries being insulted
40.83 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
29.42 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
61.63 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
69.43 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
64.98 High
Problem corruption and bribery
59.76 Moderate

Safety in Santiago, Chile

Safety walking alone during daylight
60.33 High
Safety walking alone during night
29.35 Low

Contributors: 377

Last update: August 2022

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
Johan on May 20, 2022:
is chile still really safe or has crime increased in 2022?
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2022:
Oh the irony of "Sergei Goncharov" harping on and on about "European" and "safe" and now his country is bombing and destroying another European country...
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!