Police release list of crime hotspots in Nairobi as they offer tips on how not to get mugged

Police release list of crime hotspots in Nairobi as they offer tips on how not to get mugged

A pistol and rounds of ammunition recovered by police. Photo/DCI

The National Police Service (NPS) has announced the crime hotspots in Nairobi where gangs are said to be operating from amid the spike in insecurity.

According to a report sent to newsrooms on Monday, a survey was conducted on crime statistics within Nairobi which indicated that the gangs are targeting individuals of all ages, business premises, M-Pesa operators and residential homes.

"Witnesses have stated that most crimes are committed in broad daylight," reads part of the report.

NPS has listed the areas where the criminals operate including Drive-In flyover up to KCA along Thika road, KCA underpass, Total exit along Thika road, Globe Cinema roundabout and Kipande road.

Other areas are ABC Place, Kangemi along Waiyaki way, CBD (River Road, Archives, Kirinyaga road and Fig Tree.)

NPS has also offered a few lifesaving tips to Kenyans amid the rising crime cases in Nairobi they say can help save them from being mugged.

The assailants are said to be using a myriad of tactics including muggings, assaults, robbery with violence, carjacking, murder, housebreaking and burglaries.

Police have therefore recommended these measures to observe while walking or driving in public:

  • Pedestrians to be aware of your surroundings. Take note of parked cars, and individuals loitering around you.
  • Avoid walking alone in the darkness, try as much as possible to get home before dark.
  • Reduce the use of mobile phones, tablets and laptops in traffic (especially if you do not have tinted glasses)
  • Do not carry ATM cards when not absolutely necessary.
  • Evaluate the amount of money to be deposited in your M-Pesa account.
  • Do not leave bags, wallets or any valuable item on the chair of your vehicle when parking in a public place as it attracts criminals.
  • Keep your car doors locked and rolled up at all times.
  • While driving home, look out for cars following you, look out for cars parked too close to your gate, watch out for unfamiliar individuals in your neighbourhood.
  • Highly advisable to install CCTV systems in your homes.
  • Those with security fences, ensure they are working.

In the unfortunate event that one has been accosted, police have recommended that one should comply with the given demands and not resist, argue or fight back.

Kenyans have also been advised to call the Nairobi Area Police County Control on 020 3556771 in case of an emergency.

The sentiments come amid growing public outrage that the National Police Service (NPS) is failing Kenyans owing to rising cases across the country which largely go unsolved.


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