Crime in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Crime rates in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Level of crime
84.28 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
74.85 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
55.18 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
79.86 High
Worries car stolen
72.31 High
Worries things from car stolen
73.70 High
Worries attacked
57.46 Moderate
Worries being insulted
44.05 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
26.34 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
75.00 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
77.99 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
85.32 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
92.30 Very High

Safety in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
45.51 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
13.14 Very Low

Contributors: 491

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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10 Comments so far

#Keiko on Aug 04, 2019 :
Not surprisingly Brazil is the most corrupted country on Earth . To those who are ignoring it : see the Odebrecht affair which is a national scandal which stained all institutions and grewn up branches among other Latin American countries . Politicians bribery and (mainly) tough drugs distribution is the top ruling agenda for this big territory . Avoid Sao Paulo , Rio , Porto Alegre , Curitiba , Pernambuco and all other Brazilian cities if you value keeping alive for above fast business' easy money.
#Anonymous on Apr 17, 2019 :
Well if the numbers are correct the homicide rate in 2018 for region of Sao Paulo Capital -13 millions- is 6/100.000 which is pretty decent and much better than a dozen of big cities in US.
Also there are police blitz and streets patrols all across the board and you feel safe in Sao Paulo in most parts. Of course at night and sone suburbs if you do the know well is better to avoid. Apart of d that I lived 15 years in South zone Sao Paulo and never had any problems never had any incidents. It is a lot related to ok are hours, distant far areas and bad companies. For me Sao Paulo is one of best places on earth to make money and enjoy life. Sorry a kit if sad unhappy people but i like Sao Paulo would not change it easily for elsewhere.
#K2 on Mar 07, 2019 :
American guy in California here - I've traveled to Sao Paulo going back 30 years ago in 1989 when I was just out of my teens, and most recently about 3 years ago. It's always been a dangerous place, but I think nowadays it's worse that it's ever been. Even in the nice areas like Jardins, Morumbi, Cerqueira César, Moema,etc., anything can happen if you're not careful. The nice areas LOOK nice, have pretty shopping centers, the best hotels and restaurants and stuff, but you still need to watch your back when you're walking those streets. Robberies, car-jacking and assaults are off the charts. It has become an extremely violent place. That said, I have always loved visiting Sao Paulo, although as I've gotten older, not as much as I did when I was younger. I took chances and did things back then that I would never do now. I may visit Sao Paulo one last time....maybe. Or maybe not.
#Anonymous on Mar 03, 2019 :
I live in Sao Paulo, in Itaim Bibi, the neighboord that i live is not that dangerous, nevertheless i prefer to walk inside shopping malls where there are armed private security. Most of the east side of the side is very dangerous, if you are visiting Sao Paulo, you can go to Jardins, Cerqueira César, Pinheiros, Morumbi and Vila Olimpia, all the rest are dangerous. You can visit the Oscar Freire street which has luxurius stores and jewelery stores, this street and the soroundings tend to be safer than the rest of the city, just stay away from Paraisópolis, other favelas and the east zone
#Pedro Lopes on Mar 03, 2019 :
yeah it's Brazil so what would you expect, a shithole like everywhere else in this country
#Charles Burrows on Jun 28, 2018 :
I have lived in Brazil for 15 years and it is as bad as people say it’s a question of time stay here long ano ugh and something will happen I have had my wife and kids kidnapped, had armed men try to steal my motor bike and have me for it, been in the middle of two shoot outs, had police plant cocaine on me to try and bribe me, been ran over had my house burgled and that’s just the crime here doesn’t don’t tell you all the other bulls hit you have to go through everyday. You’ll love Brazil for the first two years but after that the novelty wears off and you realise your living in a shit hole
#Lucas on Feb 12, 2018 :
Crime is around the world, but here in Brazil the things are going out of control.
Carjacking, mugging, robbing, bikejacking, police officers being killed, gang wars at the favelas in Rio...
Unarmed people are unsafe people, just this. The criminals still using revolvers, rifles, pistols, and the people don’t have access just to situations of self defense. God help us
#Luiz Domingos on Feb 15, 2017 :
I receiving my social security benefits in Brazil cost of living, I was spend growth very expenses inflation I'm live in Brazil since em 2002 - 2017 exchange rate US dollar fallen lost 485% 14 years ago.
#Sao Joao on Nov 24, 2016 :
Sao Paulo is and isn't safe, depending on (a) good luck, (b) where you are and (c) when you are. In nighttime SP is not safe at all, and violent crime is common also in the better areas. During daytime the tourist areas as well as business hubs and upscale neighbourhoods are usually safe, yet beware of extremely skilled pickpockets. Carjacking on streets and highways is common, also during the daytime, so the wealthy prefer helicopters to avoid ground transit.
#Fabio on Dec 08, 2015 :
A lot of carjacking. A lot of mugging and being robbed. Civilians may not be aggressive to black people, but the police is. Just like US, maybe even worse.