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The city of Johannesburg has various protection services in place to ensure the safety of its some 4.9 million residents, coupled with the support of provincial and national governmental departments, safety and security is considered a priority of the city of Joburg.

The Johannesburg Metro Police department (JMPD), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Gauteng Traffic Police, work closely together to keep Johannesburg safe for residence and visitors alike. Where problem areas have been identified, private security guards have been deployed on a full time patrol basis further supporting security efforts made by public servants. In most residential areas, private security vehicles and guards are on a 24/7 patrol of designated areas, while the inner city CDB is monitored by some 231 CCTV surveillance cameras in a feat to further curb crime.

When in uniform, police officers wear service and rank insignia as well as a name badge. For your own sense of certainty, you are entitled to ask for any officer to identify themselves by way of their identity card whenever you are approached.

While the city of Johannesburg makes every effort to keep residents and visitors safe, no city in the world is completely crime free. Protect yourself and your possessions by taking note of the following safety recommendations;

  • Keep your valuables such as jewellery and mobile phones hidden whenever possible.
  • Keep high-tech equipment such as cameras on your person at all times.
  • Try to walk in groups as far as possible, especially at night.
  • Pickpockets usually operate where there are large crowds. Be sure to keep your valuables safely tucked
  • away on your person.
  • Try to follow main routes when travelling and stay in well-lit areas at night.
  • Hitch-hiking is dangerous. Do not pick up strangers or accept rides from people you don’t know.
  • 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