Is Kingston Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Kingston, Jamaica
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 75 / 100 based on 4 user reviews.

Kingston is the capital city and the largest city of Jamaica, consisting of two major sections: downtown and uptown.

The city is the commercial and cultural capital and plays a central role in Jamaica’s economy.

Tourists can go hiking and bird watching, enjoy beautiful beaches, and explore its history.

Most tourists are attracted by the reggae music and dance at some of the best clubs in Kingston.

The city of Kingston has numerous urban parks which are the places of events and festivities such as Emancipation Park, Hope Gardens, Devon House, and Mandela Park.

Warnings & Dangers in Kingston

Overall Risk


When the overall crime risk is in question, the crime levels are high in Kingston. Gang violence and shootings are common. Credit card and ATM fraud are increasing in Kingston, so take care when using credit cards and be aware of your surroundings when using ATMs.

Transport & Taxis Risk


You can drive here, but if you do not know the city of Kingston, it is advisable not to drive in the city. You might get in trouble and a real danger if you get lost in the dangerous city areas. Road accidents and fatalities are common due to speeding and drink-driving. Only use Jamaica Tourist Board approved taxis or minibusses with a prominent blue JTB sticker on the front windscreen. You will recognize official taxis if it has red license plates that start with PPV. If you ride a motorcycle, you must wear a helmet.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets aim is always a robbery and tourists are frequent targets. There are mobile police patrols everywhere, but you still should not walk alone in isolated areas even during the day. Pickpockets usually operate around ATMs, so be very watchful when taking money from ATMs. Also, avoid using buses at night. Sometimes even hotels and resorts robberies can occur. If you are attacked or robbed, it is better not to resist, since criminals are often armed and you could be seriously injured or even killed.

Natural Disasters Risk


Kingston’s possible natural risks are hurricanes and tropical storms. Jamaica is also prone to earthquakes.

Mugging Risk


There have been some reports of violent criminal acts, such as armed robbery, murder, and rape and that is a serious problem in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston. Areas that need to be avoided are Tivoli Gardens, Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Denham Town and Hannah Town among many other districts. Gang violence and the risk of robbery when traveling to and from Norman Manley International Airport increases at night so be very watchful.

Terrorism Risk


As in any other city, the possibility of attacks cannot be ruled out. There is a heightened threat of terrorism everywhere, but there were no recent reports in Jamaica.

Scams Risk


When it comes to scam risk, you should pay attention to the taxi meters to be turned on since taxi drivers might try to take advantage of you as a tourist. The Jamaican lottery scam is one that targets the elderly, because they have a lot of money, and are often lonely. Some victims have lost their life savings or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Women Travelers Risk


Violent crimes which include sexual assault and robbery are frequent here and they often happen after a person has taken 'spiked' food or drink. Friendly strangers are to be avoided and do not accept anything from them. Even the resort staff might be dangerous and try to take advantage of female tourists.

So... How Safe Is Kingston Really?

Kingston is home to several crimes and it is considered a very dangerous city, with some areas that need to be completely avoided, such as Trench Town where the crime threat is high even during the daylight.

You can enjoy this beautiful city and what it has to offer as long as you are vigilant tourists aware of your surroundings.

Do not accept rides from unknown people and do not use unofficial taxis, since there were reports that travelers have been robbed and assaulted.

Petty crime, including pickpocketing and bag snatching, occurs, particularly in Old Kingston so take care of your valuables.

Your accommodation might also be a dangerous place, so make sure that it has adequate security.

Besides all these risks, Jamaica will offer you the best time and you will go back home with fantastic memories.

How Does Kingston Compare?

CitySafety Index
Montego Bay73
Spanish Town68
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70

Useful Information



For most travelers, a visa is not required when entering Jamaica and the only necessary documentation is the valid passport. This is only for less than 6 months stay. The date when you must leave Jamaica will be stamped in your passport. For longer stays, you need to contact the Jamaican Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency. Another entry requirement is a yellow fever certificate, as well as arrival and departure taxes, which are usually included in the cost of your ticket.



The official currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere and credit cards are accepted, too.



When it comes to weather, Jamaica is subject to hurricanes and the hurricane season lasts from June to November. It is a hot country with a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet-and-dry climate.



Norman Manley International Airport, located on the island, overlooking Kingston Harbour is served by Air Canada, Air Jamaica, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, etc.

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Kingston Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
Feb 26° C
Mar 26° C
Apr 27° C
May 28° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 29° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 27° C
Dec 27° C
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Jamaica - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Montego Bay73
Spanish Town68

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4 Reviews on Kingston

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    Anonymous says:

    Jamaica isn’t dangerous for tourists. It is very rare that a tourist will come to Jamaica and be physically harmed they just have a high risk of being scammed and that simply is because you aren’t paying attention. This is inaccurate.

  2. A
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t know who gave you the permission to post of even write any of this rap but you should really consider deleting it. you have obviously never been to Kingston. Please write about things you know.

  3. A
    Anonymous says:

    They overdid the ting mon, Kingston isn’t that bad with the crime lol. true there is many but not super like that, a very nice place.

  4. Mostly accurate

    This is pretty accurate. Most of Kingston is not a place for tourists to wander around. You need a plan when you go and a guide is even better. “New”‘Kingston is ok but it definitely is not a place you want to go getting lost or even looking lost in.

Kingston Rated 3.75 / 5 based on 4 user reviews.

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