Security tips – by Glen Edmunds

Posted on November 9th, 2011
Categories: News

Safety in Traffic Jams

As traffic jams become more and more a part of daily life in Nairobi, it’s important to note that thugs are taking advantage of this. It’s easy to become complacent and even bored while waiting for traffic to move. Below are general safety tips to consider:

1. Keep your doors locked at all times
2. Keep your windows up. If it’s hot and you don’t have air conditioning, crack the windows enough to allow air to get in, but not enough for a hand or arm to fit through.
3. Do not read the newspaper or text or answer emails on your phone. Thugs look for targets that aren’t paying attention. It’s best to constantly monitor what is going on around you and be aware at all times. If you have a driver, make sure he is also alert and observing his surroundings.
4. There are a lot of hawkers that are legitimately selling things in the traffic. However, there are also reports of thugs posing as hawkers in order to get you to roll your window down in order to rob you. If you do decide to buy something, put your window down just low enough to make the transaction and then roll it up again.
5. If someone bumps your vehicle and pushes the side mirror in, do not roll your window down and push it out again. This is an old ruse used by thugs to gain access to your vehicle.
6. Keep all valuables out of site.

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Of Interest…

Kenya Police Telephone Numbers 2010. To download the revised list of Kenya Police Station phone numbers and emergency numbers that have been tested, click on the following link: Numbers in red were working (when this was posted), while the ones in black give a recording that they are out of order. Please note that Kenyan numbers go out of order on a regular basis, so it’s best to test the Police Station numbers that are closest to you.

Kenya Traffic ActDue to popular request, you can now download this in PDF format. Click on the following link, then scroll to the bottom of the page and download the PDF:

Know Your RightsTransparency International-Kenya believes that information is the most powerful tool that citizens can use to fight corruption and access public services and entitlements. Download this in PDF format and keep in your car: