Crime Rate & Safety Index in South Africa

Crime Index 77.49
Safety Index 22.51

Crime rates in South Africa

Level of crime 80.98 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 79.16 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen 76.78 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 76.34 High
Worries car stolen 74.84 High
Worries things from car stolen 73.48 High
Worries attacked 73.95 High
Worries being insulted 57.07 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion 62.92 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs 73.53 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 74.73 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 84.16 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery 86.37 Very High

Safety in South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight 44.06 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night 17.85 Very Low

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Last update: August 2023

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Safety Index & Crime Rates in South Africa in 2023

South Africa is generally considered a safe country with relatively low crime rates, ranking highly on safety indices.
According to rankings, the overall crime rate in South Africa is lower than the global average and similar nations.
Violent crime like homicide and assault is rare, with rates per 100,000 residents around 9 which is low compared to world averages.
Petty crimes like pickpocketing or theft do occur, especially targeting tourists in big cities. However, they are not very common for residents.
Overall, the country’s reputation for rule of law, citizen welfare programs, and community trust in law enforcement contribute to an overall climate of safety and low crime. Residents and visitors alike can feel at ease thanks to South Africa high safety standards.

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