Crime in Shanghai, China

Crime rates in Shanghai, China

Level of crime
26.00 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
46.36 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
28.50 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
27.30 Low
Worries car stolen
26.32 Low
Worries things from car stolen
29.11 Low
Worries attacked
26.07 Low
Worries being insulted
31.39 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
26.38 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
27.83 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
34.07 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
25.46 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
57.03 Moderate

Safety in Shanghai, China

Safety walking alone during daylight
75.98 High
Safety walking alone during night
66.86 High

Contributors: 335

Last update: March 2023

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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5 Comments so far
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.
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