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​​​Metropolitan police department
In the City's Growth and Development Strategy one of the priorities is dealing with crime.

​The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has a "broken window approach" of dealing with the small issues of crime alongside the bigger ones. In terms of this philosophy, the prevention of smaller crimes is believed to have a knock-on effect, helping to cut more serious crimes. The JMPD manages and coordinates​ the City's crime prevention strategy, which includes:

Preventative policing and patrolling of high-risk areas:

Establishing an information management system to share crime data with the South African Police Service (SAPS);

CCTV in public places;

Anti-fraud technology;

Signs warning pedestrians and tourists of risk areas;

Effective street lighting in high risk areas;

Private security partnerships and partnerships with businesses in high crime areas;

Family and community programmes for high risk areas; and

Community policing forum partnerships.

In addition to crime prevention, by-law enforcement is a core competence of local government. The City's by-laws have been amended and the JMPD will promote awareness and ensure enforcement of these by-laws