The State of Urban Safety in South Africa

Statistics show that South Africa’s murder rates are among the highest in the world. The country’s largest cities carry a disproportionate burden for this type of crime. Murder is considered a good indicator for general levels of violence; and as such, closer attention to place specific drivers to reduce murder rates could influence violence reduction in cities and in the country.

The 2018/2019 State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report looks at an incremental update on the state of crime, violence and safety in South Africa’s 9 metros. By presenting a city-level picture of crime and violence, the Report intends to fill a reporting gap, given national crime statistics don’t show the true distribution of crime at local level.

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