Security teams and surveillance cameras are on duty around-the-clock. Like many major cities, Durban has both good and bad areas. It is advisable when walking in Durban, particularly at night, that you should be aware of people around you, and ideally you should not walk alone but in a group. Highly visible displays of wealth should be avoided, and it is not advisable to look like a “typical tourist” with cameras and binoculars strung around your neck. Do not leave valuables unattended.
- Don't carry a camera openly in the city. Please take care when using your camera, as this will identify you as a tourist and could draw unnecessary attention.
- Avoid wearing jewellery and expensive watches.
- If you are accosted, remain calm and be co-operative.
- Be extra-careful when drawing money from a bank machine [ATM]
When on foot:
- Carry your handbag across your body.
- Do not carry an excessive amount of cash on you.
- Do not leave valuables exposed (on a seat or the ground) while having a meal or drink.
- Do not let strangers get too close to you – especially people in groups.
On the road:
- Lock all your car doors.
- Never leave anything worth stealing in view when your car is unattended.
On the beach:
- Take only the bare essentials.
- Do not leave valuables, especially cameras, unattended.
- Safeguard car keys by pinning them to your swimming gear, or putting them in a waterproof wallet or splash box and taking them into the water with you.
Police and Flying Squad: 10111
Metro Police: 031 361 0000
Netcare Medical Response: 082 911
EMRS Medical Response: 10177