|Crime / Police & Justice Description
It is no secret that South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world. In fact gun crime and deaths has been the second highest in the world pro rata to head of population, according to a study carried out in 1998. Since introducing the Firearms Control Act in 2000 and following a new study in 2004 by UNISA and reported by the BBC in 2004 gun deaths have fallen by half during that period,although these figures are disputed by the South African Police ie- The figure is higher than the report states.
In any event most of these crimes are committed by illegal firearms owners in the Township and more rural areas.It is worth noting that Johannesburg has the highest gun crime of any city / town in South Africa. The new firearms legislation has certainly made a positive difference, however gun crime remains the biggest concern of South African residents.
The crime figures released on 19th September 2014 continue to show a disappointing upward trend in many categories for the 2013/2014 year which is a real concern given the increasing annual Police budget which is now around R72 billion. It is worth noting there is some alarming increases in particular, the Gauteng Province. Overall the crime figures still remain much to high for South Africans.
For full details of crime by category and by Province from 2005 through to 2014 please click --- HERE
Recent reports on TV ie- Sky News suggest that the gun fatality figure is nearer 18,000 per year, many of which are related to township and informal settlements, also this is based on unsubstantiated information. It is widly believed that main stream South African society is no better or worse that any other country in the world.
Crime in general, even with some areas reducing, is still considered to be high with drugs, hunger and desperation being the main motivations. Levels in the press can be exaggerated but it still pays to be extremely careful.
Having said all of that, Cape Town is considered to be one of the safest cities in South Africa. However like any big city you need to be careful and always mindful of who and what is around you.
SOME DO'S AND DON'TS
* Do not 'Flash Cash' about anywhere
* Do not 'Flaunt' your jewellery about
* Do not look 'too much' like a tourist
* Do not walk around alone at night
* Do not leave anything on view in your car when parked up
* Do not do long 'rural' journeys at night
* Do not resist any mugger that confronts you
* Do not pick up hitch - hikers or stop to help someone however desperate they look
* Do not go into the Township areas, unless with a supervised official tour.
* Do not worry yourself silly over this !!!
* Do keep your bag close to you
* Do be mindful of all your belongings,always.
* Do keep to well lighted areas
* Do stay in groups
* Do take a registered taxi, however short your journey
* Do plan your journey and /or route
* Do let someone know where you are going
* Do keep your car doors locked and windows up at Robots (Traffic Lights)
* Do always park in well - lit car park areas
* Do Have a good time in Cape Town !!!
FINALLY PLEASE NOTE --- EVERYONE, INCLUDING OVERSEAS TOURISTS, MUST CARRY SOME FORM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ID WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES. CLEARLY YOUR PASSPORT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA - HOWEVER, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARY YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC DRIVING LICENCE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. IT DOES MAKE THINGS EASIER IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR ANY REASON.
In fact if you think about it...........most of the do's and dont's apply to any city or anywhere in the world. Just use your common sense, if it doesn't look or feel right........it probably isn't !!!
If you have something stolen or a motor accident you MUST get a CASE NUMBER from the Police immediately,or as soon as possible after the event.
A tourist Police assistance unit is located in Tulbagh Square 11.00 am to 11.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 9.00am to 9.00 pm on Sundays. Telephone 021 418 2852
There is a CRIMELINE now operating in Cape Town and you can SMS (TEXT ) a "tip off" to 32211 anonymously.Or call the Police number 10111
CRIMELINE WEBSITE - www.crimeline.co.za
As for HOME SECURITY, if you are fortunate to live on a gated estate you should be protected more than most. Many other residence can have a mixture of security measures such as alarms, security doors, window bars and dogs etc. Another popular measure is that of "Armed Response". This can be locally arranged with companies such as ADT and Chubb.
ADT - www.adt.co.za
Chubb - www.chubb.co.za
The South African Police Service ( SAPS ) has all the elements of a police force you would expect from a developing nation. From visible policing, to detective and intelligence, to drugs, liquor and firearms. In fact the flying squad is called the "Scorpians" ! There is also a Traffic police and for the City, additionally, there is a Metro police.
The Police Emergency Number is - 10111
SAPS WEBSITE - www.saps.org.za
JUSTICE & THE COURTS
For comprehensive details and contacts regarding the Justice system in South Africa please visit the Department of Justice website - : www.justice.gov.co.za
Click on the 'Quick Links' down the left hand side of the home page for further information.