Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem, but all you need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.

Know where you're going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don't walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.

And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities that are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.

If you cannot avoid such areas, then don't wear visible jewellery or carry cameras and bags over your shoulder. Limit the amount of money you carry on you and keep mobile hones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.

Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police.

Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or don't accept or carry items for strangers.
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