High crime areas in Cape Town and notable hotbeds in other provinces

High crime areas in Cape Town and notable hotbeds in other provinces

Security is a major concern for every city dweller regardless of their location across the globe. This is why high crime areas in Cape Town are marked on the map just in case one decides to live or do business around the place. When you know what to expect, you become better prepared for it all.

High crime areas in Cape Town

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Crime stats in every area come in handy when you want to make a decision that could affect your safety. Over and above this, one must ensure that they report a crime happening near them to the next police station. This means that a station may have crime statistics that encompass areas beyond their locality just because they are the nearest reporting station. Even at this, there are certain places within South Africa, especially around city centres, where crime is often expected to happen.

Crime in different provinces in South Africa

With the country having slightly over 1000 police stations, it comes as no surprise that the areas with the highest populations also register high criminal activity rates. These include the likes of KwaZuluNatal, Gauteng and Western Cape. It is within these 3 provinces that the most populous metropolitan areas are located. Crimes are also concentrated on highly populated areas such as the city centres.

Western Cape province

This region recorded more than 499,000 reported crimes during the 2016 - 2017 period. Of this, 10 of the worst crime areas account for more than 42%. Cape Town central stands out as the worst region in the entire province, as well as the whole country, as it accounts for 7.1% of the province's total crime.

  • Capetown Central with 35208
  • Mitchells Plains with 31484
  • Kraaifontein with 21364
  • Nyanga with 20669
  • Stellenbosch with 19761
  • Worcester with 18747
  • Bellville with 16387
  • Khayelitsha with 15729
  • Delft with 15127
  • Milnerton with 15089

Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape ranks as the fourth most crime-ridden province in South Africa. It has 207,713 crimes reported in the year 2017. Mount Road region leads with 12,565 reported crimes making it one of the worst areas.

  • Mount road with 12565
  • East London with 12483
  • Humewood with 11037
  • Cambridge with 9201
  • Bethelsdorp with 8882
  • Kwazakele with 8701
  • New Brighton with 8241
  • Walmer with 8053
  • King William's Town with 7864
  • Mthatha with 7764

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Northern Cape

High crime areas in Cape Town

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This is a relatively low crime area going by the numbers reported as they are about 50,700 with the worst area being in Kimberly. It takes up about 29% of the province's total crimes.

  • Kimberly with 14578
  • Galeshewe with 622
  • Kuruman with 4544
  • Upington with 4497
  • Roodepan with 4042
  • Kathu with 3075
  • Mothibistad with 2758
  • Rosedale with 2596
  • Postmasburg with 2104
  • Kakamas with 1986

Gauteng province

This region recorded more than 626,700 reported crimes in the period between 2016 and 2017. Most of these, over 31% of total crimes took place 10 of the worst areas in the province. 4.5% of the total crimes happened in Joburg central, which is considered the second-worst area for reported crimes countrywide. The following is the breakdown of the affected areas.

  • Johannesburg Central with 28308
  • Honeydew with 24724
  • Pretoria Central with 20830
  • Hillbrow with 20698
  • Sandton with 18537
  • Midrand with 17840
  • Sunnyside with 17121
  • Themba with 17041
  • Moroka with 15940
  • Roodeport with 15764

KwaZulu Natal

In KZN, about 347,300 crimes were reported in the same period with 10 of the worst areas accounting for 46% of total crimes. Durban central was registered as the worst-hit area as it accounted for 7.5% of the entire province's crimes.

  • Durban Central with 26038
  • Pinetown with 18790
  • Phoenix with 18261
  • Umalzi with 16286
  • Chatsworth with 14495
  • Plessislaer with 14347
  • Inanda with 14065
  • Empangeni with 13534
  • Kwadukuza with 13117
  • Pietermaritzburg with 11872

Free State

This province accounts for just about 118,300 crimes in the 2016-2017 period. The area with the highest rates in the region was Park Road since it reported 21,315 which makes 18% of the total.

  • Park Road with 21315
  • Welkom with 11559
  • Thabong with 8664
  • Bethlehem with 8354
  • Kagisanong with 7249
  • Bloemspruit with 7175
  • Phuthatditjhaba with 6946
  • Harrismith with 6007
  • Botshabelo with 5972
  • Zamdela with 5763
High crime areas in Cape Town

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The region recorded almost 127,000 crimes. The region with the highest rates was Witbank as it took 16% of all reported crimes.

  • Witbank with 20254
  • Nelspruit with 13764
  • Vosman with 10683
  • Ermelo with 9471
  • Kwamhlanga with 6553
  • Middelburg with 6263
  • Piet Retief with 5678
  • Middelburg MP with 5632
  • Embalenhle with 5482
  • Delmas with 5479


Limpopo recorded an approximate of 131,200 crimes. Its capital, Polokwane, came out as the worst area accounting for about 11% of total provincial crimes recorded.

  • Polokwane with 13794
  • Seshego with 13510
  • Mankweng with 11381
  • Thohoyandou with 10497
  • Mhwelereng with 7395
  • Tzaneen with 7119
  • Westernburg with 6059
  • Lebowakgomo with 5650
  • Giyani with 5393
  • Makhado with 5299

With the above stats, one can decide which are the safest cities in South Africa to live in, based on the rates of crimes. Even with the 2018 stats of the reported crimes, the areas that ranked highly in the previous analysis remained the same. What changed? The figures that moved around. This shows that the most populous and busy areas in every region tend to have higher crime rates.

Now that you know which high crime areas in Cape Town to watch out for, make a point of staying away from them unless it is mandatory to live around there. In case you have no obligations that require you to stay in the high crime rated regions then it would be safer to consider other localities.


Source: Briefly.co.za

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