Crime in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Crime rates in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Level of crime
83.45 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
71.29 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
54.78 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
78.84 High
Worries car stolen
71.20 High
Worries things from car stolen
73.13 High
Worries attacked
56.80 Moderate
Worries being insulted
44.62 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
27.75 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
74.05 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
77.74 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
84.07 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
90.92 Very High

Safety in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
47.41 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
15.24 Very Low

Contributors: 628

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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8 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 19, 2020:
@Anonymous on Apr 17, 2019, the São Paulo city/urbanized region/place has over 20 million and (once again) had 2,000 homicides in 2019. It's dropped and settled into a 2,000-murders-a-year thing in recent years.

The official homicide rate can't be 6 per 100,000. It's more like 10 and this is the lowest it's ever been recorded at.

Looking at Keiko's somewhat hysterical comment above yours, let's be thankful that Brazil hasn't turned into Nigeria. For corruption and violence.
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