Crime in Shanghai, China

Crime rates in Shanghai, China

Level of crime
24.38 Low
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
45.83 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
26.69 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
24.93 Low
Worries car stolen
24.37 Low
Worries things from car stolen
26.92 Low
Worries attacked
24.52 Low
Worries being insulted
29.63 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
24.21 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
25.28 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
31.90 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
23.63 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
54.80 Moderate

Safety in Shanghai, China

Safety walking alone during daylight
77.95 High
Safety walking alone during night
69.34 High

Contributors: 377

Last update: July 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 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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2 Comments so far
Cumbrian on Jan 14, 2024:
Have lived in Shanghai for 5 years and that included the Covid lockdowns. I think it is a fabulous city. Very low crime rates (my wife happy to walk home alone from nights out) and I've never felt threatened at any time. I have of course been offered drinks or shopping experiences whilst on East Nanjing Road but as long as you smile and make it plain you are not interested then they leave you alone. Generally taxi drivers are fine as long as you have your address in Chinese or order them through the Didi App, again using a Didi is easy and safe. The Metro is wonderful, very cheap and safe (lots of security around) just don't make it easy for any pick pockets who can operate around the tourist areas. The Chinese people are friendly and helpful in general. I have not had any interaction with the police but I know small traffic violations can be made to go away with the help of a few RMB. (Don't get into fights though as the police don't tolerate violence , especially from foreigners towards the local Chinese). I have always felt far safer In Shanghai than I have felt in other cities such as London, Paris or Barcelona.
Leaving on May 12, 2022:
White men would generally be seen as easy targets and often approached in the Bund area and East Nanjing Road by females of all ages, pre covid. Men (posing as pimps) would also follow single white guys (or foreign looking men) or foreigners in pairs. This happened to me and a friend visiting in late 2018 around the Bund. Old women (still) prey on drunk foreigners around Jing An, areas such as Yanping Road and Wuding Road. They'll go for the most intoxicated ones and potentially rob you at your home when you pass out. Tuk-tuk drivers can also be aggressive, and work with some of the "Lady Bars". In 4 years here, I've known several males to have been scammed from 10,000-20,000RMB, and allegedly blacking out/being roofied. Thankfully a lot of these scams are disappearing since the Pandemic. Also be cautious of using Tinder and dating apps as some people have been charged 1000-2000RMB+ for dates when the girl has taken them to somewhere suspicious e.g. a shady KTV or Japanese restauarant. This happened to a drunk local friend also. Fear of foreigners "carrying/bringing in COVID" have resulted in a significant fear and skepticism of foreigners with non-East Asian/Chinese features.