Crime in Shenzhen, China

Crime rates in Shenzhen, China

Level of crime
51.77 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
60.78 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
48.72 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
51.51 Moderate
Worries car stolen
49.35 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
52.99 Moderate
Worries attacked
49.79 Moderate
Worries being insulted
51.94 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
46.58 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
51.71 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
54.70 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
49.15 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
68.70 High

Safety in Shenzhen, China

Safety walking alone during daylight
52.56 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
43.80 Moderate

Contributors: 117

Last update: April 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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6 Comments so far

#Prefer not to tell on Apr 08, 2019 :
I don't understand why this city has a rate of this high.
I grew up and spent 19 years of my life in Shenzhen Futian. As long as you're in a place within 20 minutes of walk to a metro station or a public institute, I wouldn't even worry about being outside during 2 pm at night ever since I'm 16.
Shenzhen City Government is a more commercial-focused local government, therefore preserving a good crime rate is the main purpose.
The crime rate has been stable at a very low level since 2008s (Beijing Olympics, I guess).
Especially the low unemployment rate (is it 0..5% in 2015?) in the city area played an important part.
The CBD, bar streets and malls like Huaqiangbei, Coco park in Futian Dist and Matrix in Luohu Dist, Coastal park in Nanshan Dist... All of these have local community police and security just patrolling and friendly enough to offer help. (But BBC said that was 'police state', ehh, disgusting double standard.)
The only problem I can think of could be bureaucracy in the public office (like customs, hospital)- but tbh, it's everywhere in this world! That's why Shenzhen is pushing digital public services to get rid of those bureaucrats.
Shenzhen is a warm, vibrant and safe city. It's MUCH MORE SAFER THAN ANY OTHER WESTERN CITIES
#Proud to be a Shenzhener, and I warmly welcome the world to see for their own eyes.
#That's the power of police-city. lol JK
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2018 :
Shenzhen is VERY safe city in south of China. You can feel free walking in center of city. Only in some remote place which was far away from city
#Zhe Zheng on Jul 05, 2017 :
Lived here in 2000, crime was a problem. left at 2005 for work reason, and came back in 2010, and it was a totally different city in terms of crime rate, never felt any problem on crime ever since then.

In the city center, it is very very safe, but you do get rare random crime (which I think it happens everywhere with enough people), a few years back a poor women was killed in front of the police station by two very stupid wanderers. That's the worst crime I've heard in years.
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2016 :
I am from ShenZhen, I lived there for 11 years or so. It was very safe especially under daylight! But you need to try to find some where with lights for a safe feel. I am not sure about the corruptions in ShenZhen recently. But overall, I personally think that ShenZhen is a very safe city!
#Alex on Oct 09, 2015 :
Very safe city! No problems on the street both during the day and night. If you don't speak Chinese, the people will leave you alone (they barely speak English). They check your bag in the metro and borders, so no guns or arms pass. Not so controlled in the bus or taxi, but it's still a safe place.
#Ask on Sep 10, 2015 :
I would say it is very safe here. Pocket lifters and things can happen but I don't care about that since nobody threatens my life and those guys are almost everywhere. There will be always small thieves around. There are criminals, of course, but if you don't push your nose into Chinese stuff - you are absolutely safe. Which is fair enough.

The fact is that Shenzhen has cameras at every single corner of the city - literally. Probably it's the world's best covered city! I guess that's a reason why you feel generally very safe.

But there is one rule: don't challenge Chinese!