Is Shanghai a safe place?

Shanghai is one of the safest cities in the world. People in the city seldom worry about being robbed when they walk on the streets, while burglaries are also an uncommon occurrence. Gun violence is not an issue here.

Walking at night on the main streets of the city is also safe. Foreigners need not worry when they return home from a late night out. There are rarely ever reports of assaults on males or females. Of course, it's still important to remain vigilant of your surroundings and best to stay in pairs or groups.

According to the Safe Cities Index 2024 by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Shanghai had an overall ranking of 32 among 60 cities surveyed globally, with a high score of 84 out of 100 in the category of personal security.

Foreigners may be attracted by the rich nightlife of the city, especially parties, nightclubs and pubs. Temptations will surround you. It is imperative to be aware that drugs, gambling and commercial sex are banned here. Though the police won't check your room or home unless they get your permission or have a search warrant, it is wise for you to avoid these activities.

In case of emergency, call 110 for police, 119 for fire emergency and 120 for ambulance.