Population: 2,768,436

What are safety and crime like in Douala, Littoral?

three local experts

From petty theft to violent crime, here's what three local experts had to say about safety and crime in Douala, Littoral.

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Living in Douala, you need to be patient and courageous. The way transporters (taxis and motor bikers) speed and don’t respect the highway code is alarming. Most people living and working in Douala earn below the amount that can sustain living in the town, thus paying rent, buying food, transportation, paying for utilities, medical bills, etc. comes at a cost the citizens can’t afford. The rate of crime is alarming due to the high rate of unemployment, many youths have turned to pickpockets, armed robberies or scamming to find refuge and make money, most of which engage into heavy drinking and smoking and drug abuse.
However the town of Douala is not all about negatives, it is the economic capital of Cameroon hence it’s where big companies and factories are located and where business is at its peak. Any hardworking and determined person can make a living in Cameroon.

Olivier, says: 2023

Douala is a big cosmopolitan city which inhabits people from different parts of the country. It is therefore characterized by traffic jams, high crime rate and a high cost of living. Nevertheless, the diversity comes with variety and the pleasure of meeting new people. It is also very big and full of opportunities.

Ousman, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Douala must consider the following:
1) There is no potable water as residents depends solely on bottled water.
2) Transportation is mostly on motorbikes.
3) There is no emergency toll free line to call.
4) The temperatures are above 40 degrees Celsius by day and above 17 degrees by night.

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