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How safe is Cape Town



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    I would also like to known if me having tattoos (full sleeve) will cause me any troubles.
    Thanks and hope everyone is doing great whether you decided to move to Cape Town (or any other place), or not.
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    Hi Miguel,
    No, having tattoos will not be a problem in Cape Town. They are very common. It is generally a liberal and artistic city so things like dress code and body art are a non-issue.
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    Cape Town is in fact a quite safe city by Southern Africa requirements. The center of town is well covered as are most of the main destinations.
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    I lived in Cape Town and moved back to UK last year. It is the worst decision I have ever made. I am now saving up to go back ASAP. I lived on a small holding and never once locked my door. I did have a lot of dogs roaming the land but NEVER had any trouble. I obviously heard of trouble but I recently heard of a woman being murdered in my local 'safe' town.

    I used the taxis there on my own to go to Grassy park and got lost, the taxi driver took me to my destination and for the time I worked there, I had no trouble. It all depends on your attitude and how flashy you are.

    My husband is from Cape Town and his house has been robbed but my friend in Wales and my Gran has been robbed in the UK so it happens all over the world. You must remember that you will hear of it more in CT because the population is huge and poverty is real out there.

    It is a wonderful city and the people are amazing!! Can't wait to return!
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    I am a female medical doctor,, and I'm thinking of moving to Cape Town to do my specialist training at the university of Cape Town. But I'm getting really scared after reading about all the crime especially the rape issues. Is the university in a safe area?? what advice wud u give to a female moving alone to Cape Town??
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    Hi Doc,

    UCT is a great place to do medical training! I personally live not too far from the university, and it's a fun area. I would suggest you look into a houseshare in the University/Walmer Estate area, or in Woodstock. There is plenty of accommodation available on sites like Safety is something that needs to be considered in Cape Town, just as in any big city. I would recommend not walking around alone at night, and don't leave any valuables visible in your car. You'll be pleasantly surprised though, how easy it is to make friends and have a truly unforgettable experience!

    For some of my personal favourite Cape Town experiences, check out this interview.
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    Thank you very much Anya.
    If there's anything else you think I should know, any other advice etc, please let me know.
    Thanks again.
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    Capetown is very safe city of South really enjoy the trip of Capetown.
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    Hi Doc,
    I'm a Cape Town local and used to live just under UCT campus. It is a wonderful university and CT is just the most beautiful city. Crime is a problem but if you do your research and exercise caution you should be absolutely fine. In most cities in the world a woman should ensure that she doesn't do things like walk alone at night etc. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay!
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    hello people, i am a 22 year indian mba grad and have had a job oppurtunity in south africa for an insurance company.
    i do not know which city will the job be based and am worried about my security out there.
    i wanted to know that how much does it cost to rent a 1bhk or studio apartment in a safe it to expensive to afford a living?
    and what is the probability of an indian being a victim of crime in sa?
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    Hi yawar,

    It's very hard to say what your costs will be, as they vary greatly by city. The cost of living is much higher, for example, in Johannesburg than in Durban, but the salary will also be much higher. For some detailed information on safety and cost of living, I suggest you look through this Moving to South Africa guide. You will be able to make a more informed decision once you know exactly where you'll be located, however.
  • Cape Town is one of the best city in world. Please forget about having a safe life there. You always have to watch up around and take care even while staying behind of traffic light after midnight! Cp is very nice city but it's not safe as its looks. I got hijack midday! In front of my office with two African armed man in parow. Police is not acting professionally and they are very busy as per then by having more than 10 hijacked report daily( you can once go to police station and ask them how is the rate of crime, rape and hijack in their station!). I just left the country with my wife and will not back there for work anymore... Please take care if you travel there and at begging talk with a police near to your place....
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    Dear friends,
    Please take a look on the website

    If you will stick to the advises there, most likely nothing happens:

    And it is one of the most beautiful places in the world in which most of the people never experience any crime situations.

    Visit Cape Town!
  • I moved to Cape Town a few years ago with my husband who is from here and I love it!  I also made the mistake of reading through these types of forums where people only seem to tell you all of the bad stuff and it scares you.  Do your research about the history and politics of South Africa and you will. have a better understanding of how things are.  Yes, there are problems like anywhere in the world.  You do need to be aware and take sensible precautions but don't live your life in fear!  Cape Town is an amazing city with many layers and amazing people and cultures.  Africa is there to be explored and you can have many amazing and life-enriching experiences.  When I lived in the UK I had my house burgled and my car broken into on several occasions and a friend of mine has been held at gunpoint twice (in the UK), so no where is perfect!  If you have an opportunity, I say go for it!
  • Hear hear! Cape Town is an amazing city and I'd encourage anyone to live there:-)
  • oops.. sorry about that.. dunno what happened :) let me try again...
    i agree, CT is the best city in the world!! if any expats out their are stuck with frozen pensions in the UK, pls contact me. i specialize in moving them off shore for you. tx

  • Due to crime ratio, everyone who is going to Cape Town, have a scurity threat. But just keep one thing in mind whereever you are going always be careful, lock your doors while driving, use alarms at night and dont take expensive things with you while you are travelling.
  • Spent 5 weeks staying in a less than salubrious area of Cape Town in 2012. I was shocked one day to find a deep pool of blood outside the local train station. Clearly, someone had died. I'd been back in London about a month before seeing the same again, outside a train station in a very pleasant London suburb. I loved Cape Town & I hope to return.

    I have travelled Africa extensively, mostly back-packing & hitching. I grew up in Zimbabwe & seen near enough the whole country from corner to corner. I've seen some of northern Botswana, most of northern Namibia & Caprivi, a little of Mozambique & a little of Malawi. I was robbed at knife point just outside a campsite in Vindhoek in 1990, about three years after I was robbed at knife point in Tottenham, north London.

    In Harare some dude once tried but failed to pick my pocket in the mid 80's. in the UK my last landlord successfully ripped me off to the tune of £1000.

    I would not wish to belittle those who have actually suffered some awful violent crime in Africa or anywhere else. But my conclusion is quite simply that African travel is about as safe as London & there are crooks everywhere.
  • I lived in Cape Town for many years, and still visit regularly. I always feel safe but saying this I automatically take various precautions that I would not consider in London:
    - never leave anything openly visible in a parked car
    - don't be flash, so don't flash around your new iPhone or wear a huge diamond ring
    - leave some space between your car and the car in front at traffic lights (robots) particularly at night, so you can move if needed
    - know where you're going, don't drive anywhere stupid, such as in the townships. Ask locals if you don't know.
    - switch on the alarm every night, once you've gone inside for the evening.
    - use a security firm such as ADT who monitor the alarm and come around to the property when it goes off (even though it's almost always a cat or the wind).
    - walk on the mountain, but use well-trodden paths where others will be
    - walk or run with a friend (particularly if you're female)

    That's all I can think of for now, but I'm sure there are others. Anyone else got suggestions?
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