Although Philippines is a home of wonderful, hospitable and friendly people, glorious beaches and waterfalls, great food and culture, there are still a lot of places that are unsafe to go to. Manila is the country's capital and even though there has been a large number of recorded population of visiting and residing foreigners, there is still a huge reminder and alert for the residents and tourists in terms of safety and security.
During peak seasons and holidays, the Philippine National Police records show that there is a regular increase of crime rate during holiday seasons in a lot of areas in Manila.
In Metro Manila, the places with high crime rates include Ermita, Sampaloc, Sta. Cruz, Baclaran-Parañaque-Pasay route, Caloocan and Mandaluyong as indicated by red arrows in the map below.
- Do not go out so late at night time.
- Do not go to places such as streets, corners, and junctions with minimum lighting. Most thieves will try to rob you in dark places and places with less people.
- Do not go somewhere private with someone you just met.
- Beware of crowded and busy places such as the LRTs, MRTs, Malls, Clubs, Jeepneys and Bus Terminals, markets, and even in the streets where pick-pocketing and snatching is rampant.
- When using taxis, do not take one with quoted price fare. Usually if you are a tourist, local taxi drivers will double the price of the fare. Always choose a metered taxi.
- When you want your money changed into pesos, do not go to money changers you see in the sidewalks or streets. Always go to a bank or airport where its safe.
- Familiarize Philippine currency and the value of pesos. There is a big possibility that vendors and drivers might double or even triple the price of the goods they are selling if you are a tourist.
- Always put your valuables somewhere hard to find. Even hotel rooms are targets of robbery.