Nairobi crime rates tell a tale of a city where moped gangs are increasing, knife crimes soar to new levels, snatching thefts rise and a a newer addition to all of this is acid attacks. It is best to be knowledgeable about the threats that are occurring around you. This blog will help you familiarise with the type of crimes taking place and how you can prevent falling victim to such actions.
BBC reports how moped crimes have increased excessively in the last five years. A boom in fast-food delivery and online shopping have in turn led to a high number of motorcycles. Moped crime relates to offenses carried out on motorcycles, where victims’ personal belongings have been snatched. Recently, moped crimes have escalated even further, where ‘moped gangs’ have attacked retail shops and high-end jewelry stores.
So, what’s the best thing to do in this case?
The best option really is to stay alert to your surroundings. This means putting your phone down and taking your headphones off. Listening to music or speaking on the phone can reduce your awareness, hence its best to avoid using your phone whilst walking around in London. It’s also good to not keep all valuable belongings in one place. So, if something does occur you don’t lose all of your important possessions. For instance, keep phone in your front pocket, purse inside your bag and keys in your coat pocket. In order to keep extra safe, you can also conceal some of your possessions. For example, rather than keeping your laptop in a laptop pouch you can cover it in a plastic bag. When walking, don’t stray too close to the kerb and if possible, walk facing the opposite way from oncoming traffic.
Knife crime can relate to knife-carrying or knife assaults. For instance, if someone threatens or causes another individual harm with a bladed weapon, robberies where a knife is involved and murdering or stabbing someone with a knife. If you are caught carrying a knife you could face fines, community sentence or imprisonment. In the case of a knife crime occurring near you, it’s best to stay calm and collected. You should also hand over personal belongings and don’t fight back with the culprit.
Acid attacks refer to violent assaults which involve throwing acid or a corrosive chemical on another individual. This can torture, maim, kill or disfigure an individual. In an event, where you are attacked with an acid you would need to immediately rinse affected area(s) with fresh water until the pain subsides. People are also advised to remove clothing or jewellery that has made contact with the acidic substance. Individuals should also immediately obtain hospital treatment, as such attacks can be life-threatening and traumatic.
Burglary can relate to the breaking and unlawful entry into a house or a site, usually with the intention of committing an offence. Doors and windows should always be locked, despite your attendance at home or not. Moreover, high-value possessions such as jewellery should not be kept at home but in a safe deposit in the bank.
Don’t trust anyone that comes knocking at your front door. With the new trend of food delivery and online shopping, everyone has become more accustomed to deliveries at home. However, it’s vital that you don’t just open your door to anyone, as many incidents have occurred where intruders barge in and threaten residents. You can install cameras around the house or a doorbell which records the perimeter when someone comes close to your house.
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