Crime in Johannesburg, South Africa

Crime rates in Johannesburg, South Africa

Level of crime
89.48 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
81.02 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
79.30 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
81.38 Very High
Worries car stolen
77.67 High
Worries things from car stolen
81.58 Very High
Worries attacked
75.65 High
Worries being insulted
63.36 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
66.68 High
Problem people using or dealing drugs
71.45 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
82.88 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
88.63 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
92.18 Very High

Safety in Johannesburg, South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight
30.21 Low
Safety walking alone during night
8.55 Very Low

Contributors: 702

Last update: July 2021

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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32 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jul 18, 2021:
Johannesburg makes Detroit look a like a thriving city.
It's that bad.
Anonymous on May 14, 2021:
Still can't believe the lengths South Africans go to to try and make their country sound scary.

I remember a Saffie called @potevan1 on Twitter who claimed he lived in Colombia when he clearly didn't.
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2021:
Lol at the guy below me, compare it with Brazil instead, now that's "basically the same".
Anonymous on Feb 03, 2021:
compared Philippines to South Africa, crime is basically the same but I can tell you the chances of being a victim are still slim
Anonymous on Feb 03, 2021:
hmm for some reason buying a car and getting an apartment is 50% cheaper in joburg than in my country, i would move there when either crime or the anc will go away
Anonymous on Jan 31, 2021:
Unless you have some extremely good reason for visit Johannesburg (family is the only reason I can think of), don't bother.

Nothing to see and exceedingly dangerous.
Seriously what's the point?
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2021:
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.

He is staying in usa newjersey
Phone no +14849518798 now he is usa citizens
Anonymous on Oct 05, 2020:
Dose the authorities know about these crimes. What are they doing about it. Was the crime rate the same before 1994 or far far lower.
Anonymous on Oct 03, 2020:
If anyone thinks Johannesburg is safe, remember that it makes Chicago look like a literal playground.
Mike on Feb 08, 2020:
Akram, Islamabad is the safest part of Pakistan. I'm also guessing you're excluding Rawalpindi, right? They're essentially the same city. Rawalpindi is a whole lot worse than the Islamabad portion.
Akram on Dec 16, 2019:
I live in Johannesburg it's the worst ever if I look at it in terms of safety and stilling anx other crimes, and I have lived in Islamabad Pakistan witch is the most safe city I have ever seen!
Mike on Nov 15, 2019:
He's forgotten Tijuana. Otherwise not bad. Johannesburg (or any South African city) is nowhere near top 10. They're that high because South Africans fantasise about standing out for bad stuff (you're reading this correctly non-South Africans) and actively and aggressively exaggerate. To be frank, Brazilian cities are way too high on this otherwise superb site as well.

The only cities that 'might' make a true global top 10 are the top 3 Fenn's got there IMO. I don't believe any of the others are close to that.
Fenn on Nov 12, 2019:
Being truthful I think it would be this out of the choices,

1. Tripoli, Libya
2. Damascus, Syria
3. Baghdad, Iraq
4. Caracas, Venezuela
5. Karachi, Pakistan
6. Lahore, Pakistan
7. San Salvador, El Salvador
8. Lagos, Nigeria
9. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
10. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Guatemala City, Nairobi and Mexico City - close but no cigar.
Anonymous on Nov 10, 2019:
@Mjava good points, apart from the USA comparison.

A special kind of nutjobbery is at play when people resort to using caps to try and impress you with how much crime and corruption (they think) they have. This is weird, very creepy stuff.

People are fooled by this index repeatedly all over the web on what is otherwise a great website.
Gracie on Oct 05, 2019:
What complete rubbish Mjava is talking. South after a is so corrupt and dangerous I will never go back. DO NOT underestimate the dangers in this country. Yes lots of people there say it’s fine but ask them can they go for a walk for an hour in Johannesburg? Remember also that when the police static’s come out on murders they only list first degree murders and not all the others that take place daily. We unfortunately had to spend a day at a police morgue and I will never forget the amount of bodies being brought in and the smell ( because the electricity was turned off for hours). I experienced racism like no where in the world here because I was white and although I was working to teach under privilege kids so many things happened to me there I constantly felt unsafe and couldn’t lead any kind of normal life. Thank god i could leave but I feel so sorry for the good people there.
Anthony on Sep 23, 2019:
Don't be fooled, crime is a HUGE problem in Joburg and SA as a whole. yes we had a bad past, but the future seems to be looking far worst as our political leaders spend most of their time trying to worm their way out of corrupt activities by having HEARINGS instead of rotting in jail. The worst part is the justice system that's so weak, criminals that commit murder are released after a few years, same applies to rapist and corrupt officials- its like the Govt. has designed a system that will help them when they eventually get caught doing wrong. Prisoners are allowed to vote, so the Govt. needs to be very "kind" to them to get that vote. Soon the prisoners vote may swing the vote to the party that takes care of them the best- How toxic is this? Our beloved country is unfortunately rotting away as some leaders proudly want to steal from you with your eyes wide open. What happened to democratic change that we all were looking forward to when Mandela was released? Why is it so difficult to rule with pride and ethical principles? Why cant we equip our youth with first class education so that they could lead us to success?
Anonymous on Aug 24, 2019:
Marginally less dangerous than Rio, but rio has terrible crime so this city is also bad crime issues.
sonnyboy on Jun 07, 2019:
call police station of Tsakane and tell them u criminal of Johannesburg
Anonymous on Feb 25, 2019:
There's a Saffie on Disqus and Twitter hoaxing Colombia — which remains a far more violent and corrupt country than SA — as their new address.

@potevan1 on Twitter and potevanalweer on Disqus.....
Mjava on Jan 31, 2019:
I guess most of the participants in the crime stats survey on this website are all the white South Africans. Well I just took part in the survey and my response will be totally different from your experiences as I had never experienced rape, violent crime, being mugged, house broken into, car jacked, murder, etc either with my immediate or distant family or friends in the past 20 years. I have had two German white exchange students staying over with us for over a year and nothing happened to them too in the same score period. By the way I stay right next to Alexandra Township.

So I do not buy the notion of SA being one of the most dangerous places to stay in or even visit and the rubbish that Most black South Africans love violence. These stupid stats are all relative and never reflect the true picture of the country. I bet you not all 80% of the black South African population participated in these surveys. I've been to the Brazilian favelas in Rio and Sao Palo and mingling with the locals was one of the best experiences I had and not even a single incident I experienced. But I bet you, you we all misled to believe these favelas are A TO NO GO ZONES. So stop exaggerating every incident and blowing the stats out of proportion just because you experienced it. Not all South African experienced the unfortunate incident that you did and believe that it only happens in SA only. For your information it happens everywhere in the world.

Have you asked yourself if other countries in the world capture and record every single incident reported to their police stations like we do in South Africa. My answer is no, in my last ten years I travelled and spent some time to over 40 African countries and the small incident that take place in their communities are hardly even reported to the police stations, because either the police station is far or the community members deem the incident insignificant to report or its either handled in the local tribal tribunals. So to all the bloody racist white South African, catch a wake up. You stay by far in a more nicer and tolerant, natural disaster free and politically stable country than anywhere else in the world. The guns loving USA you aspire to become or live in has more people dying from guns than our South African murders.
Anonymous on Nov 17, 2018:
Gregory, oddly they had a very rare murder of a tourist around the time you wrote that — which predictably they're bragging about. They're delighted with this, they want stuff like this to happen because they think it makes them look badass. These are the kind of people you're dealing with and why this part of the site can't be trusted. It is a deliberate deception by a large group of crime-obsessed weirdos who understand very well that other nationalities are ashamed of their crime. This has the dual effect of artificially ballooning South Africa's positions while artificially 'deflating' the rank for almost every other entry. The glaring lack of alerts issued for the country and it's cities (i.e. none) on government travel risk lists worldwide bears that out.

I commend the author of the website. Barring the pointless crime section (not his fault) it's a marvelous effort. I love it. Fantastic stuff and I would recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous on Nov 17, 2018:
"#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."

Uh, that's because you do exaggerate Hollier.

Problems? Pickpocketing and scams don't count. Tourists are regularly murdered in numerous other countries. That's 'problems'.
Gregory on Oct 25, 2018:
@ Anonymous on Sep 15, 2018 you're right! I didn't know this and checked myself. No travel alerts issued. At all. I'd been confidently told by Saffies repeatedly that they were under some kind of 'warning'? By the Yanks, Aussies, Canadians.....I looked and there isn't a warning issued by any of them. Not sure where that come from lol

The countries you highlighted have them, much of the rest of Africa does as well. You can see why these countries are under an alert if you've experienced them or read up on what happens to tourists. They're in a different league to South Africa.
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 cities..it 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.