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Nairobbery: City of lawlessness, report details damning decline in security

By Nyaboga Kiage November 11th, 2022 3 min read

Crime in Nairobi has been rising recently, which can be attributed to the recent change in political leadership that influenced the reshuffle within the security setup, a new report titled Criminal Activity Trends- Nairobi now says.

The report stated that there had been a steady rise in armed and opportunist robberies in residential and commercial areas across Nairobi.

These revelations come amidst revelations by Kenyans on social media that the level of crime in the city had gone up.

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Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has already asked the newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Japhet Koome, to deal with the deteriorating security situation.

“The incidents mainly target pedestrians, traders and motorists, and increasingly feature the use of motorcycles and bodaboda taxis,” the report read in part.

The damning report stated that rampant muggings were ongoing within the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) and along busy roads, despite frequent operations conducted by the police surveillance team based in the city.

It noted that on November 4, 2022, police officers arrested at least 200 motorcycle taxi operators linked to criminal activities across the city.

“Additionally, despite the high levels of private security man-guarding and vehicle patrol teams across the city, domestic burglaries and muggings remain a serious security concern in Nairobi. Affluent areas such as Kilimani, Karen as well as low to middle income settlements in Eastlands,” the report read in part.

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It said that the situation was so bad that the robberies and muggings took place during the day when the attackers were armed and using firearms.

Also, vehicle theft is increasing, and the robbers usually target cars parked in insecure and unmarked parking slots. In such cases, the robbers end up making away with large sums of money.

Matatu terminuses across the city have also been highlighted as crime hotspots, and here suspected criminals take advantage of rush hours and congestion to steal.

Robberies targeting Foreign nationals across the city have also been on an upward trajectory due to the perception that they might be wealthier than Kenyan residents.

Those who use bodaboda to attack have usually targeted those walking, carrying shopping bags, jogging in the morning, and in lonely places.

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Despite the report, Nairobi County police boss Mr. James Mugera said that the city’s crime rate had reduced.

Mr. James Mugera, the police boss in Nairobi County, said that police were alert, hence why the crime rate had decreased in September and October.

“The reports you are seeing on various media platforms are out to tarnish the image of the new administration. The number of violent robberies in September and October in fact declined,” he said.

Immediately after being sworn in on Friday at the Supreme Court, Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome said that Kenyans would not be going through threats and insecurities under his watch.

“Kwa hivyo tunaambia wakora, uko kule kwa estate unawasumbua wanachi kwa kuwadunga visu, kupiga watu risasai, (This is to all the criminals in the various estates that are terrorising residents, stabbing and shooting them), it will not happen under my watch,” IG said.

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The survey was conducted on crime statistics in Nairobi County. The results indicated that crime is gaining momentum, and criminals 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.

Here is a summary of the crime stats.

Causes of rising crime

  • Un employment
  • Hard economic times
  • Illiteracy
  • Rural-urban migration
  • Drought spell by extension

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Crime ranges from

  • Muggings
  • Assaults/serious assaults
  • Robbery with violence
  • Carjackings
  • Murder
  • Housebreaking and burglaries

Current (new) crime hotspot areas include

  • Drive in flyover, up to KCA along Thika Road
  • KCA underpass and Total exit along Thika Road
  • Globe cinema roundabout and Kipande Road
  • ABC Place and kangemi along Waiyaki way
  • Within CBD, areas affected include River Road, National Archive area/ Kencom, Kirinyaga Road, and Fig Tree.

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