Crime in Shanghai, China

Crime rates in Shanghai, China

Level of crime
29.94 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
50.01 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
32.41 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
31.83 Low
Worries car stolen
30.85 Low
Worries things from car stolen
33.50 Low
Worries attacked
29.30 Low
Worries being insulted
34.87 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
29.92 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
32.99 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
39.20 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
30.01 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
59.35 Moderate

Safety in Shanghai, China

Safety walking alone during daylight
74.03 High
Safety walking alone during night
64.76 High

Contributors: 283

Last update: June 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
ZZZ on May 09, 2020:
As a Shanghainese, I have to say it is very safe in Shanghai in terms of violating crimes. The only thing you might be careful is probably pickpocketing in places such as train stations and touristic attractions, but the polices in Shanghai are nice and efficient so nothing to worry about and also it does not happen that much in recent years.

BTW: for those said bombs and assaulted in the public, there is no way people nearby not spreading that in the world full of technology today, so shut up haters, don't use communism as an excuse of not having the evidence. Stop being a hater and go get a job.
JN on Aug 29, 2019:
As a local of Shanghai, I think theft and fraud are the worst cases you need to worry about.In most large city in China, cctv camera can be found everywhere. No one can commit a crime and flee like nothing happened.
Jake Flat on Jun 16, 2019:
For 4 months I lived on the boarder of the Yangpu district and Baoshan district just near the middle loop of Shanghai. From my experiences spent late night near Xintiandi or out in Wujiaochang I never heard of anyone who was mugged or assaulted on the street. The streets are generally safe at night, whether it be trying to catch a cab (usually over priced), walking the streets for xiao cao (late night street food) or fear of being mugged. I would be more careful of petty theft such as being pick pocketed or flashing an expensive wallet in the middle of a crowded market on a Saturday. It's very easy to keep a low profile when your 5/6 miles outside the city center and if you want to be a tourist and flash you're expensive Nikon, there's plenty of people downtown to match your style. However, long stares and curious locals are an inescapably reality.
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019:
population 25million
total murders 134 during 2017
murder rates lower than iceland. As safe as Tokyo
Jim Dalton on Nov 03, 2018:
My Son recently took a job in China .Sitting in a Bar with a friend he started a conversation with a woman and was immediately assaulted by her male friend.His injuries were severe .

So much for Communism

Oh and I'm in Irish
Walter on Oct 12, 2018:
is there any statistics on car thefts in Shanghai ?
Johnny Walker on Jul 20, 2018:
Shanghai is generally safe. Violent crimes don't occur much, although mass murder (towards random strangers) may happen mostly because of lack of social justice in the entire China.

As for my personal experience: one day two months ago, when I went to Shangcheng Road in Pudong New Area to have lunch, one person who with another was a swindling gang approached me, bringing a crudely-made card and claiming he was doing part-time job for l'Oreal there and would bring me somewhere to try it for free. I saw through his deception at once and straightforwardly refused. Definitely he wouldn't give up and still shouted "Shuaige" (literally means "handsome guy") at me. Another one appeared and shouted that some of my belongings just fell out. Of course I knew this was simply a continuation of this deception, and roared "Hushuo badao! Cao! Gun!" (literally means "Bullshit! Fuck! Fuck off!") back to them. Eventually they ran off.

Therefore I would suggest everyone should be on guard against frauds (both on streets and indoors) in Shanghai. Other petty crimes like pickpocketing are also what we need to concern. Anyway, as average tourists, exercise normal caution (for both crimes and the relatively bad road traffic) and you will very likely enjoy you journey in Shanghai.
Ax1 on May 27, 2018:
Ouch, how did it become more dangerous now? Wasn't the safety index higher than this last year?