Crime in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Crime rates in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Level of crime
84.85 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
76.10 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
55.74 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
80.36 Very High
Worries car stolen
73.19 High
Worries things from car stolen
74.82 High
Worries attacked
58.49 Moderate
Worries being insulted
44.61 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
26.57 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
75.70 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
78.38 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
85.96 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
92.93 Very High

Safety in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Safety walking alone during daylight
45.33 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
12.88 Very Low

Contributors: 435

Last update: February 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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8 Comments so far

#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.
#John on Aug 27, 2015 :
Jack I think you are mistaken, some parts of Brazil are safer than some in the US, at least we don't massacre people for their color.
#crtz on Jul 22, 2015 :
I'm Brazilian and Paulistanos usually consider their own city as the most dangerous in the world, mostly because of sensationalist programs on TV and the crime focous in newspapper, that's not True.

City centre and main streets are pretty safe, only desert places should be avoided. During the day, I walked into poor areas of Sao Paulo without any problems.

I visited many places around the world, I could say SP is safer than Paris in touristical areas. So don't believe in these datas.

For VISITING, it's reasonable safe to enjoy the city :)
#Jack on Jun 02, 2015 :
Yes there are! Beyond that, in Brazil there are people stealing anything you have, killing people at daylight, burning people alive, beheading people, killing man, woman, child and pregnants.. Brazil is dangerous..