How to stay safe amid insecurity rise in Nairobi

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The number of insecurity cases in the country, especially in Nairobi and the surrounding area, has increased in recent months.

Despite the laments, Nairobi Police Chief James Mugera claimed crime rates had declined. Mugera further claimed on Friday, Nov. 11, that the reports were falsified to damage the image of President William Ruto’s government.

Nevertheless, multiple reports from health professionals and TBEN underlined an influx of insecurity.

A health expert, Lilian Munyua, from Kenyatta Hospital, warned TBEN against crossing hot spots in the country on Tuesday, Nov.

Huge crowds along Thika Road near Garden City on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

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Munyua claimed that practitioners received several patients who were attacked along Drive-In Flyover as far as KCA University along Thika Road, KCA Underpass and Total Exit, Globe Roundabout and Kipande Road.

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Other areas were: TBEN Place and Kangemi along Waiyaki Way, Naivas AllSops along Thika Super Highway, te CBD (Archive), River Road and Fig Tree area and KBC offices along Harry Thuku Road.

Speaking exclusively with TBEN.co.ke, security expert Haggai Chogo has listed some measures to help you stay safe. These are;

Bringing more than one phone

Chogo stated that the infamous bandits are usually drawn to what they see, especially gadgets.

“Most reported cases tend to be those of people who were on the phone when they were robbed.

“If they resist, the bandits injure the victim or even kill them to get the targeted gadgets,” Chogo explained.

He stressed that having more than one phone would help a victim who could contact the police through the other gadget.

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Avoid hotspot areas

A security operation on a Kenyan highway.

A security operation on a Kenyan highway.

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Chogo added that it was wise for TBEN to avoid hot spots, especially at night.

“Scientists should be extra careful, especially when they see an approaching vehicle, motorcycle or even a suspicious person,” he noted.

Walk in groups

The security expert advised TBEN to walk in groups as much as possible and not be alone in hot spots. Nairobi residents can also normalize with the use of taxis instead of motorbikes, matatus or on foot in the wee hours of the night.

CCTV

Chago urged the government to ensure that surveillance cameras are available on every street so that they can be easily tracked.

“If the naughty group attacks, it will be easy to track their movements and have them arrested,” he said.

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Speaking about the causes of the high insecurity, Chogo further advised the government to strengthen and renew the security team.

“Terror groups usually start with such acts that are always assumed. We may think it’s just bandit behavior, but it could also be a terrorist group that is developing,” he said.

He argued that the insecurity could be political, where the bandits are controlled by a prominent anti-government leader who wants to prove the government’s ineptness in dealing with crime.

“We just concluded the general election and anyone who is still in denial could be planning such attacks. The tough economy may also be to blame as TBEN are looking for every available leftover tip,” he concluded.

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Police officers patrol an earlier operation to flush out criminals.

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