This brief security
info has been prepared to help Mission members in minimising
the risk of security incidents. Most of it is common sense,
while a number of areas are recommended for everyone's protection.
crime have become big issues in Kenya generally and in Nairobi
in particular, over the past years.
pocketing and snatch robberies are all part of life in downtown
Nairobi. The Grand Regency is in downtown Nairobi. Regardless
of whether you have been here before or not, the following
recommendations are for your own safety and security. As European
you will "stick out" as one so you will be a target for those
preying on such persons. These recommendations are based on
experience reported by and from those that failed to follow
the recommendations in the past. Remember security is also
1. Do not walk
anywhere at night.
2. Do not ever
walk in the Uhuru Park (located just by the hotel).
3. Do not walk
in town by yourself, always in group, with minimum 3 - 4 people.
4. Take a EUEOM
driver, or a taxi recommended by the hotel.
5. Ensure driver
waits or comes to pick you up later.
6. No jewelry,
be discreet and non-flash.
7. Keep windows
up while driving in traffic and car locked.
8. Scan the area
before you exit your car, and as you walk back to it.
9. Keep ALL valuables
in hotel safe.
10. Take with
you just sufficient money (or credit card) for your immediate
11. Avoid carrying
handbags or shoulder bags and small cameras (these are being
robbed in restaurants and cafes on regular bases).
12. Avoid beggars
and street children.
13. You should
all be back at the hotel at least by 11 pm. You will be given
additional and more detailed security and safety instructions
over the in country briefing.