According to Numbeo’s 2020 Crime Index South Africa ranks as the third most dangerous country in the world. The list also claims four local cities rank among the 10 most dangerous cities around the globe.
The Numbeo Crime Index does not rely on actual crime statistics, instead, it is a perceptions index based on survey responses which focus on how safe and secure people feel. Participants are asked to score the level of crime in their country and city rating it from bad (-2) to good (+2), where 0 is average.
The survey in excess of 77,000 people participating, looking at citizens’ levels of fear around violent crimes, property being stolen, hate crimes, as well as corruption and bribery.
Out of the 77,000 participants, the survey attracted 2,300 South African participants.
Through the responses, South Africa moved up to third place, one place up from 2019 when South Africa came in at fourth place.
Venezuela takes first place with Papua New Guinea following in second place. Afghanistan clinches fourth place in the list, with Honduras coming in at fifth place.
According to the survey participants, the four most South African dangerous cities in the world are Pietermaritzburg, followed by Pretoria in fourth place, Durban in fifth place and Johannesburg following in sixth place.
With the Numbeo 2020 Crime Index classifying South Africa classified as the third most dangerous country in the world, what are your thoughts? Do you feel South Africa is as dangerous as the index portrays? Or do you feel the survey participants exaggerated on how unsafe they feel in the country?
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