Crime in Johannesburg, South Africa

Crime rates in Johannesburg, South Africa

Level of crime
88.28 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
79.46 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
78.91 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
80.25 Very High
Worries car stolen
77.25 High
Worries things from car stolen
81.52 Very High
Worries attacked
75.25 High
Worries being insulted
64.09 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
66.39 High
Problem people using or dealing drugs
70.75 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
81.36 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
87.84 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
90.71 Very High

Safety in Johannesburg, South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight
31.13 Low
Safety walking alone during night
8.42 Very Low

Contributors: 406

Last update: October 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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13 Comments so far

#Ronel on Sep 22, 2018 :
Serious crime has increased so much lately in Johannesburg. I can't even cycle anymore. If you can immigrate, do so.
If you want to visit, do not come to South Africa, it's a cruel and dark place to be, with no rules and no consequences. A cell phone is worth more than a life. People get killed brutally just for the fun of it.
#Anonymous on Sep 15, 2018 :
Ignore the South African pretending to be an American below.

Talking of the good ol' USA, there is Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil right underneath it. The only country you could say SA is slightly better off than is Brazil. The others are comfortably more violent countries.

You can't take a country seriously from a safety point of view when it doesn't have any travel alerts in place.

Tourists are almost never killed or even seriously hurt which is a dead giveaway.
#Anonymous on Sep 08, 2018 :
I'm an American and I also live in Fourways and do not let those who say this area is safe fool you or compare it to other is different here. If you pay any attention to what is going on you'll be well aware this area has an obscene amount of smash in grabs, robberies, high jackings, and rape. I've lived here a year and in that span of time I've seen a car-jacking unfold in front of me, a man was shot outside my estate coming home from an atm. A colleague of mine was also high-jacked near my estate in Fourways after she ran over a paper bag intended to blow her tire, women being raped as they run, new crime hot-spot signs going up, and cyclists being shot and robbed. If you turn a blind eye, areas of Joburg can feel deceptively safe, but that's when you are most at risk is when you think "hey this place is not that bad.." And what's worst, if you do find yourself in trouble the chances of people helping you, especially the police, are slim to none.
#Anonymous on Aug 21, 2018 :
Any crime report (dibyendu Roy)has in your police station (Johannesburg or captown) if find this people then you find usa newjersy.
#Hollier Galt on Aug 09, 2018 :
With reference to comment from Jack Mar 6, 2018 - I worked in tourism and still tell visitors to be careful but they think South African's are exaggerating so often end up having problems.
##JAHNOVA MMP on May 28, 2018 :
We all see it everyday and we always turn a blind eye.We concern ourselves when we become the victims of crime. As South Africans we`ve lost our true calling ,we`ve forgotten the power of UBUNTU. We are most safe when we care for each other. If we want to see an end to crime we must start by stopping all acts crime.
#Jack on Mar 06, 2018 :
Anybody who tells you that crime is not that serious in Jo'burg or any part of SA is lying, you will probably find these promoters of 'safety' work in tourism or have investments in guest houses and hotels, car rental companies. Do not believe their horse shit!
#Jim on Feb 20, 2018 :
I'm an expat living in Fourways and we go to the mall, parks, go running without a fear at all. Never had an issue and amazing place to live! Of course there is crime but just as bad in big american cities like Chicago, Miami and Detroit.
#Jennifer on Jul 19, 2017 :
Crime in Johannesburg is shocking. Cannot go to malls, walk in the streets, go near a park without someone always watching to take advantage of a situation. Really horrible place to live.
#Ben on Sep 30, 2016 :
We know why crime is so high in this ghetto don't we?
##Emmanuel on Apr 23, 2016 :
i wanted to volunteer as a firefighter at jozi and i think is the only place were i can get space to volunteer as for i investigated... i rather stay home than to end up being killed by people whom want to make a living by us... i rather die during my job rescueing victim during my job.
#Zweli on Nov 05, 2015 :
Hi there

My name is zweli, I currently live in Johannesburg Far East bank near to Alexandra township.
I have a complain about burglers, the house breaking in our location is high and police their hardly patrol in the whole area. so i would appreciate if police patrol time and time in our area, specially midnight cause burglers break in people houses without anyone hearing anything and other thing u can hardly see police in the area and when the is crime in progress and trying to call police they take time to answer the phone or either they answer the phone but their take long to respond. i hope my comment can be heard, crime it's high in our country.
#E Weninger on Oct 30, 2015 :
I now live in Austria and we sometimes forget to look some outside doors for a prolonged time.
I lived in South Africa from 1975 to 2009 until the killing got to much.