Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa is well known for its natural beauty, with phenomenal beaches and awe-inspiring surrounding mountains. So it may come as a shock that Cape Town is also one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In recent years, there has been a surge of gang-related crime. As of 2018, there were around 100,00 residents involved in gang culture. Poverty is to blame as well as years of Apartheid which have contributed to the current social issues. As of 2018/19, Cape Town’s murder rate was at 77 murders per 100,000 people. Violent attacks and rapes are unfortunately common in and around Cape Town. It’s not advised that women travel solo to this part of the world.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
Public transport systems are often the scene of robberies and violent crimes. Criminals target tourists coming to and from airports and metro stations.
Scams Risk: HIGH
There are plenty of scammers operating in Cape Town. It’s important to get to know the most popular scams before traveling. Scammers routinely pose and someone offering romance, a job, or a business venture before taking vast sums of money from their victim. Be wary of locals you meet in Cape Town if they are encouraging you to part with money.
Pickpocket Risk: HIGH
It would be a mistake not to look out for pickpockets here, especially in crowded areas and on public transport. Keep a low profile, as foreigners are perceived as wealthy and are more likely to be targeted. Violent robberies are on the rise in Cape Town. However, if you stick to tourist hotspots, you should be okay. Cape Town relies on its tourist industry, so there is a heavy police presence in tourist areas.’
Natural Disaster Risk: HIGH
The western cape was flooded in 1981 and was hit by fire in 2015 and 2017.
Terrorism Risk: MEDIUM
In 2018, the terrorist group, Daesh kidnapped and killed two South African-British nationals. Further attacks could likely take place.