Although Port Elizabeth is rated as a safe holiday destination, tourists and foreigners should take the sensible precautions they would in any other major city of the world.
Emergency services such as auto repairs, sea rescue, ambulances, police and hospitals are available 24 hours per day. Most highways provide SOS phones at specific distance right next to the road. These phones are clearly marked and could be used free of charge, for any emergency while you are on the road.
There are also national emergency numbers available, 24 hours per day, for people who might need information and assistance on/for instance aids, child abuse, rape or suicide related incidents.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash and other valuables
- Avoid leaving luggage unattended
- Be alert and vigilant at all times
- Take special precautions in secluded areas (including parks and gardens and walks/trails), especially at dusk and after dark
- Street children and beggars may approach you for a handout. Social workers counsel against giving money.
- Try and walk around in groups; there is safety in numbers
- Always lock your car when driving around
- At night, park in a secure area
- Be aware that uninformed parking attendants will offer to safeguard ones car for a tip (small fee).
- Do not leave valuables belongings in your car; rather lock everything in the boot where they are out of sight.
- For any emergency, dial 10111 for the police or 0800 11 12 13 for Crime Stop.