Johannesburg has high crime levels with the main issues being violent crime and robbery. Jo'burg has seen recent increases of xenophobic violence; Increase of violent incidents against ground transportation and persons in transit; rape and sexual violence, and civil unrest. South Africa’s murder rates remain well above both the global and U.S. averages. Johannesburg continues to have the unenviable position at the top of South Africa’s crime statistics.
It is advised that any arrival into the airport is met in-person at arrivals by a trusted individual and escorted to the vehicle. The roads to and from the airport into Johannesburg are considered medium to low risk, though do become more dangerous at night-time hours and variable on your destination. There is always a risk of being targeted in vehicles when stationary at junctions or held in traffic. The most common crimes being smash and grabs, or car-jacking - though these can develop into other crimes such as Express Kidnap and Assault.
Point to Note: Downtown Johannesburg is considered by ExecSecure as a medium to high-risk environment. Click here to see our recommended Top 5 Safest Hotels in Johannesburg.
Please contact us to speak with an ExecSecure Consultant for local, best practice methodology, and advice regarding what vehicles, security and set-up to consider. The threat situation changes constantly and personal risk tolerances and situations change between clients.