South Africa - Crime

Crime is prevalent in the big cities and is increasing in even small towns.

Don't walk in deserted areas or alone at night.

Follow the advice of the staff where you are staying.

Don't carry large sums of money.

Don't carry expensive gadgets in full view.

Put your valuables in the safety deposit facilities where you are staying.

Beware of beggars; muggers can approach you this way.

Do not give money to "street kids". They are the bottom rung of the criminal networks for whom they collect money in exchange for take-aways and drugs. When they are old enough to no longer appear "cute" they will be reassigned to housebreaking and more serious crimes.

Do not park your car next to a squatter area.