How safe do feel in your own home? Callers share their experiences of crime

Our perceptions of crime in South Africa are vastly different, depending on where we live.

The latest crime stats survey released by Statistics SA has triggered a lot of opinions about crime in our country.

Listeners from across Gauteng and the Western Cape shared their experiences of crime in their neighborhoods and what security measures, if any, they take to ensure safety.

I live in Kathema, a small township in the East Rand.. I don't even have burglar bars. I feel that it's safe. In the township there is a lot of visibility. It's very rare that we have serious crimes and the community looks after each other.

Fikile, caller

I think that there's less crime, the statistics have gone down. I think the best private security is a good dog.

Ian, caller

I live near Yeoville and I feel quite safe going there. I go a lot into the CBD. One time a chap tried to snatch my handbag in broad daylight and all did was yell, scream and shout, and he let go.

Vuyelwa, caller

I live in a suburb in Alberton. We're not getting more paranoid in the suburbs, crime is increasing. I think there's a lot of crime that goes unreported... I pay a security company, have an electric fence, high wall and panic buttons.

Sumaya, caller

Where I'm staying is much more dangerous.. A truck stands at a traffic light for less than 5 seconds, but the minute it moves the battery is gone. You can't walk around chatting on your phone, or it will be snatched. I have private security in my home, but there's nothing you can do out on the streets. I have no faith in police.

Dave, caller

I don't feel safe where I live (in Rondebosch)... I live behind a six foot wall. I've got a secured electric fence, outdoor and indoor beams, armed response on call and Trellidor. Crime is a constant worry.

Andre, caller

The neighbours also give out too information... and then two weeks down the line you have to install security because you've been burgled.

Norma, caller

Take a listen to all the calls:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How safe do feel in your own home? Callers share their experiences of crime


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