Mugging, kidnapping, car-jacking and armed robbery occur particularly in Nairobi, Mombasa and other large cities and has become more frequent. Foreigners are not generally targeted, but incidents resulting in the death of 4 westeners have occurred in the period August-September 2013. You should be vigilant at all times and follow any security advice given by your employer or your hosts.
Be aware of the risk of street crime. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and don’t wear expensive watches, jewellery or items of sentimental value. Leave your passport in the hotel safe and carry a photocopy for ID. Don’t accept food or drink from strangers as it may be drugged. Avoid walking around after dark, especially in isolated areas like empty beaches. If you’re attacked, don’t resist.
Bag snatching and passport theft are common in transport hubs like bus stations, railway stations and airports. Be particularly vigilant in these areas.
Beware of thieves posing as police officers or private Security Guards. Always ask to see identification.
Only stay in tourist camps with good perimeter security. If in any doubt, seek advice from your tour operator or the Kenya Tourism Federation.