Between February 11 and May 3, 2012, the nongovernment Ciudad Nuestra group carried out a survey to determine which districts of Lima residents believed to be the safest and the most dangerous.
The Encuesta Metropolitana de Victimización 2012 (Metropolitan Survey of Victimization 2012) interviewed 390 to 400 persons in each selected district. The top and bottom results in the overall rankings were as follows:
- Safest districts (safest first): San Borja, San Isidro, Miraflores, Surco, Jesus Maria, Lurin, La Molina, Magdalena
- Most dangerous districts (most dangerous first): Rimac, San Juan de Miraflores, La Victoria, Villa El Salvador, Villa María del Triunfo, Independencia, San Juan de Lurigancho
While no districts in Lima are strictly off-limits to tourists (and none are completely safe, as with any big city), the results do give a good idea of where tourists should exercise greater caution.
Unsurprisingly, the survey found that residents regarded street crimes such as pickpocketing and snatch-theft as the most commonplace crimes in the city. As a tourist, you should always guard against opportunistic theft in Peru, even in seemingly secure districts.