Crime in Cape Town, South Africa

Crime rates in Cape Town, South Africa

Level of crime
81.27 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
78.53 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
67.00 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
69.92 High
Worries car stolen
61.88 High
Worries things from car stolen
70.85 High
Worries attacked
62.42 High
Worries being insulted
53.01 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
48.31 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
71.97 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
73.08 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
77.23 High
Problem corruption and bribery
81.21 Very High

Safety in Cape Town, South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight
50.15 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
16.51 Very Low

Contributors: 328

Last update: December 2018

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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11 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Oct 27, 2018 :
The scale of exaggeration in his comment is scary. It sounds like Mali he's describing, not South Africa.

The forced use of caps to try and scare people lmfao #Embarrassing
#Anonymous on Oct 27, 2018 :
"#Anonymous on Nov 02, 2016 :
What a lot of crap, written by stupid people and their fearful perveptions. I mean 'Don't go out after 10 pm?'"

You're referring to 'Matthews' right? Yeah!

Can you imagine him trying to survive in Honduras? Just another South African with a very poor mental attitude.
#Sam on Aug 23, 2018 :
Do not go walking after dark. After sunset, just stay in hotel or go by taxi. Many thieves are standing on sidewalks at night. Gangs. At night, go out by car only and be careful at traffic light stops. Safer than Johannesburg.
#anonymous on Apr 20, 2017 :
hi good day I need numbers or help people in my community is vandalising council property throwing out lamp poles and breaking walls and writing on walls how can I report this please help.....
#Anonymous on Mar 19, 2017 :
Do not visit the townships like Nyanga or Khayelitsha. Almost certain to get mugged, kidnapped or even murdered!!
#tamboered on Feb 18, 2017 :
If you are a tourist doing touristy things, and are sensible about where and when you move about, then
Cape Town is a very safe city. I know , I have lived here all my life and have traveled abroad extensively.
Ask the millions of tourist who come here annually and they will agree.
#Anonymous on Nov 02, 2016 :
What a lot of crap, written by stupid people and their fearful perveptions. I mean 'Don't go out after 10 pm?'

Survey of just 153 visitors out of millions who visit each year.
#Amy McDonald on Aug 19, 2016 :
Cape Town has beautiful scenery, but sadly is a very DANGEROUS place. I've been living here for over 20 years, and it has only gotten worse.

MURDER of tourists is a reality.
CORRUPTION with the CAPE TOWN POLICE is so rife, that if you don't pay BRIBES you will be beaten to a pulp. My son's friend is a black Xhosa, and he was brutally beaten up in CAPE TOWN.
CAPE TOWN POLICE have been involved in RAPE, MURDER, and THEFT. How do you report a RAPE that was done by a POLICEMAN?
RACISM is rife.
#Robin on Jul 03, 2016 :
Cape Town is really beautiful and relatively safe. You just need to stick to the rules. Stay away from crime areas, don't wander around the city at night unless you are with a local. Don't leave valuables in your car. If you need to, make sure they are not visible. If you are partying be careful if you have had too much to drink and are partying in places like Long Street. You are a target for pickpocketing. If you don't go into dodgy areas, like in any city, you will be fine. Don't be flash, it will attract attention of undesirable elements. Take just the basics with you. Don't wander around in isolated areas at night. Stick to the civilised, well-managed, well-policed places and you will be fine.
#Matthews on Mar 15, 2016 :
South Africa is nice place if you know what you are doing here is a few tips
1. If you are a local or are friends with one ask them to come with you so you won't look like a tourist.
2. If you are a tourist don't be barging and showing off aka (DON'T GO SHOWING OFF YOU GUCCI) And also don't look like a tourist gangs and bangers will look for that
3. Don't take pictures infront of houses because someone may just come out with a few questions and probs a 9 with him too
4. If you can try to arm yourself. Now I'm not saying buy on illegally but ask a friend for one (Police don't do random checks unless you are playing with it infront of them) A stun gun will do to and you need no licences for one
5. Don't go out before 10 pm unless you are a local or have grown up there. This is for girls inexplicably
6. Don't goto any poor area stick with the attractions
7. Try not to start shit with the police/security you are just another statistic to them
8.Don't drive a fancy car and dont leave any Phones or cards inside
10. Try no to start fights if you go out to clubs because most of the time if they are local the most likely have a gun
#Bill W on Dec 14, 2015 :
Travelling with English cricket tour very soon. Very helpful comments.