Petty crime is quite widespread in Dakar; crime against visitors is common, especially near Place de l’Indépendance. Use common sense: ladies should not be out on their alone after dark. In busy areas, such as Sandaga, keep a watch on your pockets and your things. Be careful of several frauds designed to extort money from visitors. Don’t be deceived by the African favorites “I work at your hotel and have ran out of petrol, please may I borrow €10,” etc.
The crime rate in the airport area is exceptionally high. At the airport, do not exchange money. Con artists are stationed at the luggage carousel inside the arrival airport. They notify you that they work for the airport and do not need any payment from you. They take your baggage from your hands and escort you to a restaurant where the kitchen is closed. They will all gather around you and demand money before releasing you or your belongings.
Avoid going to the beach at night. Avoid wearing any visibly costly clothes or jewelry. Senegalese people are not typically violent. Some individuals resort to stealing in order to drink and eat. Overall, the Senegalese are a very kind and welcoming people, and you will encounter many individuals who are eager to chat to you.