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For World Cup fans, 15 safety tips for visiting South Africa

For World Cup fans, 15 safety tips for visiting South Africa

Is it crazy to go on a soccer vacation to a country with one of the highest rates of violent crime on Earth? There’s also a risk of smaller crimes, such as the theft of wallets and cellphones, as well as credit card fraud.

South African authorities have promised a safe World Cup, with 41,000 police to be deployed during the monthlong tournament beginning June 11.

Yet the statistics are alarming: more than 18,000 murders a year; more than 70,000 sex crimes; more than 121,000 cases of robbery with aggravated circumstances in the same period. Car hijackings, robberies at businesses and robberies at homes all have risen sharply.

Travelers also can take simple steps to reduce the risk of crime:

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