The city of Johannesburg has various services in place to ensure the safety of its more than 3.5 million residents. The city shares this task with the provincial and national governments.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Gauteng’s Traffic Police work closely together to keep Johannesburg safe for everyone. Where problem areas have been identified (such as certain areas in the inner city) private security guards have been deployed on a full-time basis. These private security vehicles and guards are also constantly on patrol in the city. Johannesburg also has 231 CCTV cameras in the inner city to further curb crime.
When in uniform, officers wear service and rank insignia as well as a name badge. You have the right to ask officers to identify themselves with their identity cards whenever they approach you.
Although the city of Johannesburg makes every effort to keep its residents and visitors safe, no city is completely crime-free. To protect yourself and your possessions, please take note of the following safety tips:
1. Keep your valuables such as jewellery and mobile phones hidden whenever possible.
2. Keep high-tech equipment such as cameras on your person at all times.
3. Try to walk in groups as far as possible, especially at night.
4. Pickpockets usually operate where there are large crowds. Be sure to keep your valuables safely tucked away on your person.
5. Try to follow main routes when travelling and stay in well-lit areas at night.
6. Hitch-hiking is dangerous. Do not pick up strangers or accept rides from people you don’t know.
7. When driving, stow your bags and other valuables out of sight, keep your doors locked and be vigilant when stopping at intersections.
In the event of an accident or crime incident, phone the relevant emergency number:
- Police (National): 10111
- Ambulance: 10177
- All emergencies (mobile phones): 112
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