Crime in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Crime rates in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Level of crime
57.30 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
69.80 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
64.25 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
57.30 Moderate
Worries car stolen
47.58 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
62.86 High
Worries attacked
54.53 Moderate
Worries being insulted
50.00 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
42.19 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.25 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
61.47 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
59.21 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
79.69 High

Safety in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Safety walking alone during daylight
62.86 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.64 Moderate

Contributors: 18

Last update: December 2022

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 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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2 Comments so far
Jane on Dec 01, 2022:
I've been living in the centre of Stone Town for three weeks now and I honestly feel very safe - And I am a 30 y.ol white woman and I often walk alone.
I do get a lot of attention when I walk and yes some are very insistent on talking or selling me something, but they are harmless even if they have very little sense of "personal space". Mostly I just ignore them and if they are persistent I just kindly tell them I am not interested which they usually respect - and after learning rejections in Swahili I've found that to be really effective.

Once or twice I've been followed by a guy that was drunk or high on drugs, but that has happened to be all over the world - that is just something you can't escape as a woman.

Within Stone Town I would say that I am safe all hours of the day because there are CCTV on basically every single street. I don't worry more about theft or assault than I did while living in Copenhagen (Denmark). However I know that outside of Stone Town it is not as safe and you should be a bit more cautious - but Zanzibar is in general safer than the rest of East Africa.
Lala on Sep 14, 2022:
My family and I spent several months on the island and was almost robbed by a group of men from the Uroa area. They followed us to Jambiani and tried to barricade our car in using a flat bed truck and minivan. We were in a high speed chase trying to escape. My children were terrified. The problem there is everyone is always watching you, and they target Americans rather you know it or not. It's very little information about this island other than the beautiful scenery, exotic architectural sites, and brutal slavery history. Please travel here with much caution. The government is not established enough to protect you.