Crime & Safety

Petty Crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, is relatively common in Mauritius, particularly in tourist areas. This is due to the high number of tourists visiting the country, as well as the fact that tourists often carry valuable items, making them a target for criminals. However, it's important to note that the overall crime rate in Mauritius is low compared to other countries. The Mauritian government is taking steps to address petty crime by increasing police presence in tourist areas, improving security measures, and educating tourists on how to protect themselves. Despite these efforts, it's still important for visitors to take precautions.

Violent Crime

While violent crime is relatively rare in Mauritius, it still occurs and is a cause for concern. This includes crimes such as assault, robbery, and murder. The Mauritian government is working to address this issue by increasing the number of police officers and improving their training and equipment. They are also working with local communities to address the root causes of violence and to provide support for victims.

Property crime

Property crime, such as burglary and theft, is a common problem in Mauritius. This is often due to a lack of security measures in homes and businesses, as well as a lack of police presence in some areas. To address this issue, the Mauritian government is working to increase the number of police officers and to improve their training and equipment. They are also encouraging residents and business owners to improve their security measures, such as installing alarm systems and cameras.

Drug trafficking and abuse

Drug trafficking and abuse is a growing problem in Mauritius. The island's proximity to major drug trafficking routes in the Indian Ocean makes it a target for drug cartels looking to smuggle drugs into the region. In recent years, the Mauritian police have made several arrests in connection with drug trafficking, but the problem persists. In addition, drug abuse is also becoming a concern, particularly among young people. The government is working to address this issue through education and rehabilitation programs.

Road Safety

Road safety in Mauritius is generally good, but there are some hazards to be aware of, particularly for visitors who are not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road. Some of the biggest road safety concerns in Mauritius include poor road conditions, reckless driving, and poor enforcement of traffic laws.

Driving in Mauritius can be challenging, especially in crowded urban areas, where traffic is heavy and road conditions are poor. It's important to drive defensively, avoid distractions, and be mindful of other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Additionally, it's important to follow the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It's also advisable to use a GPS or a map to navigate the roads, as road signs may not be well marked.

How to keep yourself safe

  1. Avoid isolated or poorly lit areas, specially when travelling alone.

  2. Always keep your rooms locked in your absence and at night. Although burglaries in hotels are rare, they do happen.

  3. Be aware of your surroundings: Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in busy areas such as tourist hotspots, markets, and public transportation. Avoid distractions like using your phone or listening to music.

  4. Protect your valuables: Keep your valuables, such as your wallet, passport, and camera, in a safe place, such as a secure pocket or a money belt. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or displaying large amounts of cash.

  5. Be cautious of pickpockets: Pickpocketing is a common problem in tourist areas, so be cautious of your belongings, especially in crowded places like markets, festivals, and public transportation.

  6. Use ATMs carefully: Be aware of your surroundings when using ATMs, and avoid using ATMs that are located in isolated or poorly lit areas.

  7. Avoid leaving your belongings unattended: Don't leave your belongings unattended, such as on a beach or in a public place.

  8. Know the local emergency numbers: Familiarise yourself with the local emergency number in case you need to contact the police or seek medical attention.