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Safety and Crime in Pretoria

47 local experts

From petty theft to violent crime, here's what 47 local experts had to say about safety and crime in Pretoria.

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It is very important for a person considering to move to Pretoria to know that, the city is occupied with Universities; as a result, it is crowded with students. The city has high rate of crime; consequently, people get robbed on a day light. Pretoria is amazing, it is located to the Unions building, where national political meetings take place. The city is known for its great contribution to the global atmosphere, as it has many large Botany gardens.

Louise, says: 2020

Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa, with great and rich history. Most of our country’s head offices for both the private and public sector are in this city. While it has no harbor, it still serves as a great tourist attraction site. It is on of the cities with low crime rates and a home to one of the best tertiary institutions; University of Pretoria.

Always stay alert as there are many swindlers on the streets. Expect to be amazed by the different people of culture and race living in the city as it is the capital city of South Africa. The city is easy to navigate but whenever you feel lost and want some quick direction just ask taxi drivers and the queue marshals for safety reasons. Be confident when walking down the streets.

Schanzal, says: 2020

It’s a beautiful place, the crime rate is low. It’s really welcoming, with a lot of people who are energetic. It’s so diverse that one would just fit in with no trouble at all. So diverse in a sense that, there many spoken languages, different cultures and traditions. There are so many beautiful places to visit.

Melissa, says: 2020

Pretoria has a very high crime rate, a person moving in should take care of their belongings when in public space and beware of scammers. This place has many place for tourism and including nice malls to go shopping, Pretoria is a nice place to live in as there are many thing to do and enjoy from. Pretoria is also one of the capital cities of South Africa.

Lungelo, says: 2020

If a person were to want to move to Pretoria, they can look forward to the amazing weather that Pretoria has. They would also have to be careful when walking around in town because it is dangerous. It is a very comfortable city.

Onalerona, says: 2020

Pretoria is a environmental friendly city, less factories and full of jacaranda trees more than any other city in South Africa. The crime rate is manageable. The municipality is well run. The public transport system is world class. Pretoria is a vibrant city and a melting pot of cultural diversity.

Thetshelesani, says: 2020

Know the amount of pollen released in spring due to the Jacaranda trees. The person should also know the taxi fare, in case of emergency. They should be street smart. When in town they should not look as if they feel unsafe, they will be targeted. Act natural.

Olwethu, says: 2020

Familiarise yourself with at least east two different official languages since it is a very diverse city, learn a thing or two about self defense since it has a very high crime rate and be able to stand up for yourself when you are in the same vicinity as taxi drivers because they tend to be very disrespectful.

Someone moving to my city should know that there are very high levels of crimes therefore they should always be aware of their surroundings and who they ask for help. They should also know that weather conditions here are very humid so they should ensure that they always have sunscreen on and have a water bottle at all times to stay hydrated.

Mthetheleli, says: 2020

They must be aware of thefts when walking around in the main town, other than that my city is a very great city for tourists, hikers, etc. There’s also a variety of great restaurants which offers traditional food and modern food. We have a variety of nature reserves and game reserves that they can visit.

Barbie, says: 2020

It’s a very clean place but can very noisy on weekdays. I love the fact that you literally can find anything that you want. All the shops that you need are close, including public service departments. There’s a lot a of crime though, so you need to be vigilant at all times.

Anyone moving to my city should know that there are high rates of criminal activities. On a lighter note, they should know that the city is the host of all foreign embassies. It has a lot of beautiful jacaranda trees, therefore, is known as the jacaranda city. Has a lot of sites one can visit including old buildings and museums.

Lerato, says: 2020

Pretoria is known as the Jacaranda City because of all it’s beautiful Jacaranda Trees, which blossom all year around. It is also one if the hottest cities in Gauteng, as it only rains in the first part of the year which is January to maybe April. It also has the High Court which is the main court where criminals and dangerous criminals are trialed. The now infamous Oscar Pistorius was also tried there.

Venusha, says: 2020

This city has its flaws and there’s a whole lot of crime in this area but our President is working hard to make sure that the crime level is reduced. Besides crime it’s a very beautiful city because, people are lively, friendly and very accommodative.

Margriet, says: 2020

The city of Tshwane, however beautiful and abundant in tourist attractions, is not the safest place to reside. One must always be alert when roaming the streets as crime is prevalent, especially in the central business district. One must also know the South African rules of the road as traffic is an absolute nightmare and impatient taxi drivers certainly do not make the experience any less daunting. Those points are sure to have you questioning your decision to move, but do not despair: Tshwane makes up for all its shortcomings through its rich heritage, beautiful nature and scenery, boasting wildlife and biomes indigenous to South Africa and lastly, food that is simply breathtaking.

Nicole, says: 2020

Pretoria is a beautiful city and it is the capital city of South Africa. South Africa’s Union buildings are located in Pretoria and it is a good city to stay in because crime rates are not as high as in other South African major cities. Pretoria has beautiful Jacaranda trees and they almost turn the city into a beautiful purple colour when the leaves fall during Spring.

Jordan, says: 2020

The person must at least consider being always cautious as crime rate in my city is very high and it takes a very vigilant individual to survive the streets of my city. However, despite my city being one of those reported to have high crime rate it is still one of the best cities one can live in. There’s so much to do like going out for hiking and swimming.

Nqobile, says: 2020

The crime statistics for our city is high. The food here is delicious. Music is our lives and we like going out. The people here are friendly and you should be alert at all times. We host parties. Every person should be responsible for their own lives because it is very dangerous.

Zinhle, says: 2020

Someone considering moving to my city should know about tourist attractions like the Union building, Pretoria Square, and the Botanical Gardens. The majority of the city is safe, but places like Sunnyside and Pretoria Central are hotspots for robbery and theft. We have the third biggest mall in Africa, called Menlyn mall. Pretoria is the administrative capital city of South Africa.

Khwezi, says: 2020

There is a lot of criminal activity in the city. Furthermore, the police are incompetent; they have no interest in doing their job and catching the criminals.If you would like to explore the city, I would recommend you visit Hennopspark, which has plenty of activities such as hiking trails.

Yasmeen, says: 2020

Pretoria is a city famous for its high levels of crime. However it is also an extremely beautiful city with beautiful Jacaranda trees that bloom beautiful purple flowers. Pretoria is also home to many historic monuments and museums. In terms of schools, there are exceptional schools for young children and university’s such as the University of Pretoria.

Zuziwe, says: 2020

In my city, one should be aware of the traffic. Long queues and waiting times are a part of daily life. You should also brace yourself for the load-shedding that occurs frequently. Another thing is to be aware of the crime, which is unfortunately prevalent as it is a capital city with a lot of poverty.

Nomusa, says: 2020

Pretoria is the capital of South Africa. It is very hot compared to other places in Gauteng. Just like other places it does have crime but I would describe it as rather peaceful than chaotic. It has lovely Jacaranda trees during Spring. Sunnyside and Arcadia are known to be the not so safe zones for young girls.

Nosipho, says: 2020

Someone moving to Pretoria should be aware of the crime in certain areas of the city. The western and northern areas are particularly dangerous and should be avoided. Suburbs, such as Waterkloof, Silver Lakes and Lynnwood Ridge in the eastern and southern areas of Pretoria, are much safer and have many of the city’s attractions.

Joseph, says: 2020

Pretoria is a very dangerous city. Be aware that most people have certain security measures in place. Some like to have a guard dog, while others prefer a security system if they do not have sufficient space for a pet. It is also not the most inexpensive city, so having a budget set up to make sure that you make all ends meet will make your life a bit easier.

Kamogelo, says: 2020

Someone moving to Pretoria should know rental properties are more affordable in Pretoria North and Pretoria West. Pretoria East is deemed as the more affluent and expensive part of town. Another thing to be aware of is that Pretoria, being the capital of South Africa, has a high crime rate.

Ronelle, says: 2020

Pretoria is a slow paced but vibey compared to other cities in South Africa, perfect for people who have established themselves professionally and do not want the hustle and bustle of a busy city such as Johannesburg. As peaceful and picturesque as it is, be aware of the crime rates in South Africa and ensure their safety at all times.

Mantung, says: 2020

If moving to Pretoria, know it has high crime rates because it is the capital of South Africa. One should also be aware of that it has terrible traffic after 5pm. However, Pretoria is a great place if you are a student because of the amazing night-life.

Malebo, says: 2020

The people are friendly and are always willing to lend a helping hand. However, the crime rate is quite high, therefore, one should remain cautious when approaching strangers. A visitor might want to arrange for an experienced tour guide before attempting a trip across the country. The cost of hiring the tour guide will be worth it, once one sees the beautiful scenery.

Victoria, says: 2020

Pretoria is home to the ‘Hadida’ – a bird known specifically for its noisy call. Crime is lower in Pretoria than its neighboring city Johannesburg. Pretoria has one of the biggest malls in South Africa, Menlyn Mall. In Pretoria, you can tell when it’s exam season by falling of the leaves from the Jacaranda tree.

Pretoria is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The purple blossoms of the jacaranda trees in August is enough to let anyone fall in love. However, it is important to know the crime rate is extremely high. It would also be advantageous to be bilingual in Afrikaans and English, a third native language would also benefit a person living in Pretoria. All things considered, it is hard not to fall in love with the city and its people.

Pretoria is known for its quiet, relatively slow-paced nature. It’s a predominantly Afrikaans city. The dominant age group is around 35 and over – most youth move to Johannesburg which is a more vibrant city. Pretoria is one of the more friendly cities and crime here isn’t as prevalent as it is elsewhere in South Africa. We’re well known for having one of the largest malls in Africa: Menlyn Mall.

Cayley, says: 2020

Life in Pretoria (or ‘Tshwane’ as known by the locals) is filled with the quirks and richness of most South African cities. The bustle of taxis zigzagging through purple streets dyed by the iconic Jacaranda tree set the scene of a Stereotypes of crime, corruption and a difficult past fail to capture the beautiful, multidimensional character of my hometown. Beyond our societal challenges lies a people who knows the true meaning of Ubuntu — a person is a person because of other people.

Tharize, says: 2020

– The crime rate is quite high.
– We have quite a few historic museums.
– We have amusement parks.
– We have many languages. Our main languages are Afrikaans and English.
– Our greatest sports are mainly soccer and rugby.
– We have many beautiful places that tourists can visit.
– We are very friendly people.

Marchant, says: 2020

Be prepared to look around for accommodation due to the increasing number of people in the city. Also, prepare to look for work because opportunities are scarce, depending on what expertise you possess. Cost of living there is quite high due to fluctuating rates. it is a bit dangerous to walk around alone because crime rates are extremely high.

Timothy, says: 2020

Pretoria is very friendly with beautiful sites to visit, great weather and have lovely people. Accommodation is easy to find and the city is not complicated. There are enough amenities to go by and transport is available. Make sure you have sunscreen because it is very hot in summer. There is no crime on the east side of my city and it’s less busy.

Pretoria is a bustling city, with vast outlying areas. know the inner city can be dangerous. look to the suburbs in the north of Pretoria. These areas are growing and close to most schools and malls.

Mpoeakae, says: 2020

It would depend on where in the city you move to, it’s a fairly large urban area. The East, or Pretoria East rather, is considered an up-market area with relatively low levels of crime compared to the other areas of the city. Pretoria West is predominantly industrial, with many car dealerships, pawn shops and low-end businesses interspersed between factories and industrial yards.

Simone, says: 2020

Pretoria is a very beautiful city, arguably most famous for its exquisite jacaranda trees that brighten the city every October. It is close enough to the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg for its dwellers to still make the daily work commute, but far enough away to ensure a calmer and safer location for raising families and escaping the daily grind.

Always be safe and watch out for criminals. There is a high crime rate in Pretoria, it is an equally beautiful place to visit to. There are the famous union buildings here that one can visit at any time of the day and spend as much time as needed.

Nthabiseng, says: 2020

When moving too Pretoria, it is important to know where your local police station is. It is also beneficial to select residential areas that have a neighborhood watch or neighborhood security company patrolling throughout the day. This will give you some level of comfort with regards to safety in Pretoria.

Nasiphi, says: 2020

Pretoria is a large, multicultural city with a rich history and culture. There are many historically significant sites in or around the city. Public transport is readily available in Pretoria and tourists can catch a taxi, train or bus. As long as one is cautious, safety is not an issue.

Reneilwe, says: 2020

Pretoria is a melting pot of cultures. There are many interesting people here. There are also many lovely sights to see. Someone moving here should have an open mind and be ready to adapt to a colorful lifestyle. Although my city is wonderful, someone moving here must be aware of the crime rate.

Penelope, says: 2020

Pretoria has better public transport than most cities in South Africa. However, it is still easier to move around by driving rather than relying on public transport. The city has a high crime rate and residents are warned to be vigilant at all times. Pretoria is one of the largest cities in South Africa and has many interesting attractions.

Karlien, says: 2020

Pretoria is a beautiful city in South Africa. Blessed with wonderful scenery, low crime rates, and a very low cost of living, the city plays a host to a lot of wonderful corporations with a lot of jobs. The city is multicultural, and offers a wide array of accommodation to choose from. Visit, and from the moment you arrive in Pretoria, to your tour around the city, and every point between, you will fall in love with it.

Sibusisiwe, says: 2020

It is a beautiful city with lots of friendly people. However, people should take precautions has the crime rate is fairly high. Ensure that all your belongings are close to you. Pretoria is famous for its Jacaranda trees in spring, so make sure you bring your camera to capture the beauty.

Kutloano, says: 2020

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