Crime in Durban, South Africa

Crime rates in Durban, South Africa

Level of crime
87.42 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
83.43 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
83.08 Very High
Worries being mugged or robbed
80.90 Very High
Worries car stolen
79.97 High
Worries things from car stolen
78.24 High
Worries attacked
77.13 High
Worries being insulted
63.20 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
66.57 High
Problem people using or dealing drugs
72.42 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
81.67 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
86.90 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
91.09 Very High

Safety in Durban, South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight
33.58 Low
Safety walking alone during night
7.42 Very Low

Contributors: 167

Last update: April 2019

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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12 Comments so far

#David from on Jul 31, 2018 :
Great article, thanks for the tips! Indeed, South Africa has some of the most stunning landscapes on earth and is the perfect spot for an adventure! Unfortunately, the country is also tainted by violent crime and scams:

Do be wary of the pickpocketing, robberies, muggings, fake tour guides, beach thefts, drink spiking, currency switcheroo, tourist prices, car pull over scam, fake airport taxi drivers, luggage theft, bogus airport employees, carjacking, car crash scams, smash and grab, ATM scams, fake police, corrupt police and many more!
#Anonymous on May 17, 2018 :
As others have already been pointed out:

1. This ranking is worthless because South Africans are uniquely inclined to make their country and cities sound as crime-ridden as possible.

2. Every other nationality in the world (to varying degrees) tries to hide their crime.
#Lindokuhle on May 17, 2018 :
let mar commissioner Bheki cele bring the pevious way to conduct crime we are scared in our communities we live in a very bad communities pleas work
#lorraine on Apr 13, 2018 :
i am moving to Durban with my family in December 2018.the company that i will be working in is in Durban cbd.i need a safe place to live with my family as a 14 year old girl.

please give me the areas which are safe to live .
#Anonymous on Jul 21, 2017 :
There is a company that is recruiting me heavily in the Durban region. My wife is opposed to the move and I'm currently doing research to determine if it is an argument worth having. Please provide more insight on the relative risk and how the crime compares to an urban area in the U.S.
#Anonymous on Mar 20, 2017 :
@anonymous, it depends where in Durban. South Africa in general has a very seperated society due to historic reasons. If you are in the more affluent areas like Umhlanga then I would recommend moving as it has an excellent lifestyle, and is relatively safe.
#Anonymous on Mar 16, 2017 :
If one has the opportunity to immigrate to Durban, it is recommendable?
#Tyrone Ndaba on Feb 10, 2017 :
I've been mugged I'm Durban 3 times these guys who smoke what they call woonga are parasites living off women and innocent people.ive been traumatised dearly even at the workshop they try their luck ..I am extremely scared for my safety I'd rather waste my money on Ubers than walk again
#Anonymous on Oct 16, 2016 :
What's really happening with Durban crime.Do we even have police who care about robbery in such alarming rate? It's getting out of hand and about time govt intervines in shameful activities.
#Dennis Sokhalingam Pillay on Jul 30, 2016 :
Govt benefits enourmously from crime via the tax system.criminal activities redirects our focus from the real issues of economic growth;development;unemployment and service delivery

Its the reason why govt employs criminal police and deploys its unqualified agents to saps management to promite crime amongst it members and the sa public

Over simplistic but very real
#Nutesh on Apr 29, 2016 :
I live in Westham phoenix Durban there's a burnt down house in my neubours yard thieves and drug addicts have made a den here and are terrorising by breaking into cars houses and robbing passers by Cops ain't patrolling the residence
#Yusuf Paruk on Dec 16, 2015 :
There is so much crime among family and friends it makes one wonder where we are heading too before there's any change or if there will be?
Try getting help from police and you will have a wake up call.I don't see a good future in Durban unless there's drastic change in policing.