Increase in crime: Following security guidelines and sharing information with the Consulate
The 2015/2016 police crime statistics for South Africa reveal a marked increase in crime.
In the Western Cape province, despite an important increase last year in crime (see statistics here), crime keeps rising (+1,2% of murders, +2,7% of robbery with aggravating circumstances, +32,8% of carcjackings).
Although violence tends to be primarily concentrated in the Cape Flats, members of the French community –both residing in and visiting the Cape Town area- are not spared. Indeed, the Consulate has observed a rise in robberies and violent attacks perpetrated against French nationals.
Similarly, crime has also notably increased in Eastern Cape (+9,9% of murders, +24,3% of carcjackings).
We invite you to consult the stats relating to your place of residence on the SAPS website.
Against the backdrop of the rise in crime in the Cape Town consular district, the Consulate urges you to follow the security guidelines, which are published in French on our website.
In the event of theft, attack or accident, you are advised to take the following steps:
- Call the police on 10111
- Call a doctor if need be (check the list of the hospitals here).
- Contact your insurance company in the event of physical injury or damage to property, or both.
- If necessary, freeze your bank cards and accounts and cell phone.
Should you fall victim to or witness an attack or robbery, please inform the Consulate by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to relay the information and it will give us a more accurate view of the level of insecurity in our consular district.