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2008-10-29: Crime prevention programmes achieving success in Johannesburg

Visible policing in Johannesburg is being strengthened through an operational plan that focuses on Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) patrols at transport nodes, parks, and areas with high incidents of crime.

The City’s Crime Prevention Programme targets interventions to reduce crime and mitigate community conflict, said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Cllr Amos Masondo when he delivered the City’s Mid-term Report on Wednesday (29-10-08).

“We have forged strong working relationships between JMPD and SAPS, at both local and provincial levels,” he said.

 A by-law management unit was established in 2006/07 to co-ordinate by-law enforcement in the City. Several focused law enforcement operations were conducted to target illegal street trading, problematic signage, illegal land invasions, inadequate waste management, illegal land use, and inappropriate storage of flammable and dangerous goods.

Dedicated law enforcement teams were also established to address park safety, as well as illegal connections of water and electricity.

In 2006/07 the deployment of metro police officers on a regional level was made more structured and controlled. JMPD assigned dedicated police officers to priority police stations such as Booysens, Hillbrow, Johannesburg Central, Honeydew and Moroka, to strengthen the crime-fighting services.

The community outreach unit in the JMPD visited over 300 schools to raise awareness about substance abuse and dangerous weapons, and more than 190 businesses to educate women on domestic violence and abuse.

The Traffic Safety Enforcement Programme aims to give proactive information and education and ensure effective road-traffic law enforcement.

Mayor Masondo said the target is to reduce road fatalities and improve compliance to road traffic laws by 15% by 2011. This programme will focus on campaigns to reduce the number of unroadworthy vehicles, to facilitate the free flow of traffic and conduct traffic safety awareness campaigns.

The Disaster Management Programme is intended to prevent avoidable disasters through information and education programmes, especially in disadvantaged areas at greater risk of fires, flooding and other disasters.

The Emergency Response Improvement Programme focuses on efficient and effective response to emergency incidents.