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Is Cape Town Safe?

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Is Cape Town Safe?

Yes. Cape Town is very safe as long as you are not a gang member or trying to become one, or walking around in poor gang invested areas. These gang areas are never frequented by tourists or everyday ordinary Cape Townians. Obviously, no-0ne in any world city walks around naively thinking opportunists will not pick your pocket. Be vigilant. But that’s about it

Let me give you a quote to answer your question; Is Cape Town safe? 

…..the majority of violent crimes that take place in  Cape Town are between gang members , tribes and people who know each otherTourists are not the target of these crimes that mostly occur outside of the city in the townships, which are a harsh legacy of the Apartheid era.

Take for example one area of Cape Town, Nyanga (a township), where 1% of the city’s population lives, but 13% of the murders occur each year.  Compare this with another area,  Simon’s Town, which hosts over one million visitors a year, but has not had one murder reported in the same time frame.  The dark statistics reported by the media do not reflect this at all. (more).

The above tells it very well. But searching further you’ll get the same message on if Cape Town is safe? Have a look at the following answer to this question:

Cape Town safety: the tale of two cities

As one Cape Town tourist puts it; “Cape Town is safe enough if you take precautions.  There are really two cities here , but the crime stats blend them together. The poor communities of the Cape Flats see 95% of the crime while the city centre and suburbs are pretty safe in terms of violent crime.” Just like with all the other major cities around the world, Cape Town is safe when you take certain universal safety measures in order to safeguard yourself and your belongings from criminal activity and local hazards. (More here).