How safe is Pretoria?

Pretoria is referred to as the beautiful Jacaranda City with many tourist attractions to showcase its beauty. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy majestic sunsets, busy markets, cultural exhibitions and shows, and the city’s vibrant nightlife. Pretoria is also the city with the most embassies and high commissions in South Africa.


June 19 th, 2015

While much more can be said to sing Pretoria’s praises, residents and visitors do not always feel safe. Crime doesn’t only affect one area or one ethnic group. We are all subjected to its reality. With that reality, unfortunately, comes great concern. While government maintains its stance that crime levels have decreased, truth be told that only 42.19% of Pretoria residents feel safe walking the streets alone during the day while only 8.33% feel safe at night, according to statistics compiled by Numbeo.

Pretoria residents worry most about the level of crime, home robberies, violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery and corruption and bribery, according to Numbeo. Residents are also worried about the fact that crime has increased over the past three years. They worry about being mugged or robbed, cars getting stolen and items stolen from cars. Other concerns include being attacked or insulted, being subject to a physical attack based on skin colour, ethnic origin or religion, people using or selling drugs and vandalism and theft, still according to Numbeo’s statistics, updated in May 2015. 

According to statistics released by the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) South Africa, there were 292 cases of robbery with aggravated circumstances recorded in Brooklyn in 2014. In Mamelodi, there were 189 cases reported, 1104 cases in Pretoria Central, 144 cases in Pretoria North, 588 cases in Pretoria West, and 682 cases in Sunnyside. Akasia had 676 cases, Atteridgeville 437 cases, Eesterust 46 cases, Ga-Rankuwa 193 and Mamelodi East 378 cases.

The picture for cases of assault causing grievous bodily harm doesn’t look much better. Brooklyn had only thee cases in 2014, Mamelodi had 364 cases, Pretoria Central had 493 cases, Pretoria North had 120 cases, Pretoria West had 191 cases and Sunnyside 71 cases. Akasia had 429 cases, Atteridgeville had 669 cases, Eersterust had 101 cases, Ga-Rankuwa had 317 cases, and Mamelodi East had 671 cases.

The highest number of sexual crimes was recorded in Akasia with 193 cases, followed by Atteridgeville with 147 cases, Mamelodi East with 129 cases, Pretoria Central with 118 cases, Sunnyside with 91 cases, Ga-Rankuwa with 75 cases, Mamelodi with 61 cases, Pretoria North with 60 cases, Brooklyn with 36 cases and Eersterust with 14 cases.

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