In Kenya an alarming rise in the crime rate is causing considerable concern among law enforcement authorities and, in response, police activity in the capital, Nairobi, has been stepped up considerably during the past few weeks.
GV Police stopping and checking vehicle at checkpoint in Nairobi, Kenya (5 shots)
GV Safari Park Hotel and Casino entrance where spectacular robberty took place
GV Security patrolmen leaving for night duty
GV Shuttered shops
GV Guard standing outside shop holding baseball bat
GV Signs on houses warning of guard dogs (3 shots)
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Background: In Kenya an alarming rise in the crime rate is causing considerable concern among law enforcement authorities and, in response, police activity in the capital, Nairobi, has been stepped up considerably during the past few weeks.
SYNOPSIS: This police road block is typical of the operations now in progress to provide the inhabitants of Nairobi with some reassurance that efforts are being made to track down the criminal gangs who have been terrorising the population for some time. Kenyan newspapers carry stories about their exploits almost every day. They vary from simple muggings and robbery to spectacular gang raids on smart restaurants, where patrons are relieved of their money and valuables and the ills are emptied.
One such hold-up occurred at Nairobi's Casino de Paradis recently. It is a popular entertainment venue for wealthy foreigners and affluent Kenyans and the five-man gang who looted a safe at gun point obviously knew they could expect rich pickings. In fact they got away with a cool 235,982 Kenyan shillings (GBP16,000 sterling) after a knife fight in one of the gambling rooms and a car chasse through a traffic jam.
It sounds rather 1930's Chicago gangster-style stuff, but despite the fact that security activity has been increased and robbery with violence carries the death penalty, property owners in Nairobi are frightened people. The police claim they have things under control -- some criminals do get caught, but others are finding it all too easy.
In residential areas some householders have found their own solutions -- while others have formed vigilante groups. Many have made reciprocal arrangements -- if one person hears another's burglar alarm he'll call the police -- and vice versa. One security firm official says criminal activity is high in Nairobi simply because there is so much obvious wealth.