Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Jakarta is an overall safe city. With a rating of 54.1%, it is ranked 103rd on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
As a city with a high touristic flow, pickpocket risks are high. A few simple precautions will minimize any chances of being robbed.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Jakarta is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Be aware of fake Arak (traditional Balinese spirit). It might be dangerous for your health as instead of alcohol, methanol is used for saving costs. Never use taxi services offered by touts. A probability of scams with credit cards is high in Jakarta as anywhere else in Indonesia. Widely known that criminals which use electronic “skimming” steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Surprisingly, taxi drivers are very nice and polite. However, there are unfair drivers that do not use meters. In order to avoid to be ripped off by the taxi driver use only official and reputable services, which use meters. Public transport in Jakarta is safe, however unreliable, usually overcrowded, thus widely targeted by pickpockets. Traveling in the open waters be aware of pirates. It is a concern in South-East Asian waters and precisely in the Straits of Malacca. While traveling by boat, passenger limits are not always observed. Avoid any ferry or boat you feel to be overloaded.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
The potentiality of earthquakes and tsunamis is high, because of the location specificity of Indonesia. The eruption of the volcanoes might be a threat. We advise observing the latest updates on the Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Mitigations.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Local authorities continue to arrest suspects of attack planning.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Jakarta not so safe women travelers, so use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places.
WHAT TO DO?
Old Town, Sunda Kelapa HarbourBoth of this places have a strong cultural value, unfortunately, many of the buildings are not well preserved. The area around Old Town covers very interesting places to visit, such as Museum of Fine Art, Puppet Museum, and The Jakarta History Museum. The area is safe, however big flow of tourists attracts pickpockets and scammers.
MentengThe prestigious neighborhood with the oldest and most expensive mansions in the country. It’s well known for proximity to the business district and popularity among political officials and business elite. Many houses are considered as a cultural legacy, thus a stroll around observing the unique façade will be an interesting adventure. The safety level in the area is very high.
CiliwungJakarta’s biggest slum. Poverty provokes the social instability resulting in crimes. The potential risks in this area are high than in the rest parts of the city. SafeAround advises refraining from visiting this area, both during the day or night.
Block M in the South of the cityThe area where a large number of expatriates live. Notoriously known for nightclubs where drink spiking takes place, prostitution, drugs, and other criminal activity. If there is need to visit this area be particularly vigilant. Also, the good option will be visiting with friends or those you know well.
The Ancol Port area and other neighborhoods in North of the cityHas the highest crime rate among other districts. Poorly known for a divert illegal activity. Prostitution is blooming there, provoking often police raids in the local establishments.
We meticulously compiled the list of bars and pubs who have a poor reputation and might be dicey for visitors: Alexis, Colosseum, Crown, Illigals, Malioboro, Millie’s International, Paragon Club, Stadium Lounge, Sun City, and V2 Karaoke. SafeAround recommends avoiding these establishments.