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Crime in Cape Town, South Africa

Crime rates in Cape Town, South Africa

Level of crime
81.85 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
77.62 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
69.49 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
72.08 High
Worries car stolen
65.15 High
Worries things from car stolen
73.95 High
Worries attacked
64.53 High
Worries being insulted
52.35 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
48.55 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
72.34 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
74.12 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
77.62 High
Problem corruption and bribery
79.91 High

Safety in Cape Town, South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight
50.00 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
16.86 Very Low

Contributors: 173

Last update: February, 2017

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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8 Comments so far

#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.
#Russiangamer33 on Jan 08, 2017 :
Wow are there really so many heartless people saying Cape Town is dangerous.Cape Town can be a family friendly destination I heard if you follow these tips 1.Use common sense 2.take taxis or be accompanied by your friend if you are going out at night 3.Allike Manila,NYC,LA,and Kuala Lumpur just avoid ghettos and stay in very visited tourist hotspots and you are fine!
#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
9.USE YOUR COMMON SENSE PEOPLE DON'Y F*** AROUND
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.
#Shaun on Nov 13, 2013 :
Hi

I am very concern about the crime rate in Cpt,not a day goes by with out a car stolen a house broken into. Drugs is also a very big problem I bought a house 9 years ago,not knowing that the house next to me stayed a female druglord. The police come search the house many times,their way of search is we just coming for our protection money. So I am trying and praying that my 3 boys I got dont fall into that life as they see every day what is going on next door. Allah God who ever we pray to help us all that is under this stress of all these problems that man is doing to those who is honest hard working people. Thank You