The rising levels of crime have affected all South Africans in some way or another – whether its carrying pepper spray on you at all times or making sure you have a tracking app on your phone to ensure all your loved ones know where you are at all times.
Numbeo has released their latest Crime Index, and both Cape Town and Johannesburg feature among the world’s 20 most dangerous cities. The Index is based on citizen surveys from cities across the globe, with approximately 85 000 people participating from over 5 000 regions.
According to Numbeo, a significant number of South Africans gave their feedback on both the Mother City and City of Gold. What will surprise many, however, is that Pietermartizburg was rated as the most unsafe South African city.
Citizens were quizzed on 12 main areas of concern for each city, and were asked to rate their feelings from 1 to 100. The average total for each city acts as its Crime Index number.
Cape Town performed much better than Johannesburg did, and scored a 10% better score than the City of Gold. The main concern of those who live in Johannesburg is the presence of drug dealers.
The world’s 20 most unsafe cities, according to Numbeo, include:
- Caracas, Venezuela
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
- Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
- Pretoria, South Africa
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- San Pedro Sula, Honduras
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Recife, Brazil
- Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Kabul, Afghanistan
- Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago
- Salvador, Brazil
- Memphis, TN, United States
- Baltimore, MD, United States
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Detroit, MI, United States
- San Salvador, El Salvador
- Windhoek, Namibia