US Embassy issues security alert for its citizens in Nairobi

The United States’ embassy in Nairobi has issued a security alert over rising crime rates within the city’s estates.

While announcing the alert, the embassy said that the Kenyan government would increase security action by deploying police in the affected places.

“There are reports of increased criminal activity in residential areas of Nairobi. Incidents include crimes of opportunity such as purse and phone snatching.

“The government of Kenya is taking measures to place more police in high-crime areas,” the embassy announced.

The embassy also advised on how US citizens can avoid being targets of criminals while in the highlighted areas.

“Be aware of your surroundings, keep a low profile, and do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches or flashing large sums of money; keep valuables, such as phones, concealed,” the statement added.

It also advised against confronting criminals once one finds himself or herself under siege.

“Do not physically resist any robbery attempt and remain calm. Confrontation with these individuals often leads to violence. In traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up,” the communique added.

Source: K24

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