With a population of over 15 million people, Dhaka is amongst the biggest cities in the world. It has a vibrant culture with a diverse collection of different cultures and religions, making it a fascinating place to visit. However, there is a devastatingly high rate of poverty throughout Bangladesh, making it a hotspot for crime.
Dhaka’s crime rate is listed as high, and crime increases dramatically at night. Armed robbery is the second-most common crime here and there have been reports of an increase in armed robbery and gangs operating throughout Dhaka, particularly in Gulshan and Banani, two of Dhaka’s wealthiest areas.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
The roads in Dhaka are extremely busy and unregulated. A popular way to get around is by Rickshaw (there are over 400,000 in Dhaka!) but it isn’t without it’s risks, as accidents are common. Passengers of rickshaws, CNGs or taxis are particularly vulnerable to armed robberies, especially at night. There are bus and metro systems, however they are crowded and you are likely to be a victim of thieves.
Scams & Pickpocket Risk: HIGH
Many of the crimes committed against travelers in Dhaka are petty; pickpocketing and bag snatching in particular. In this crowded city with a high poverty rate, you are likely to fall victim to a pickpocket. Don’t wear expensive clothes or jewelry or travel through the city carrying an expensive phone or camera. Both petty and violent crime rates are high in Dhaka, and violent robberies are unfortunately fairly common. You are likely to be robbed at gunpoint when travelling through the city after dark.
Terrorism Risk: HIGH
On 1 July 2016 there was an attack claimed by ISIL at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, 20 hostages died, mainly foreign nationals, and 2 police officers. There have been recent media reports suggesting continued Daesh interest in attacking Bangladesh.