, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21 – The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government has announced security measures to be observed by the members of the public which will assist in detecting and disrupting any terrorist activities.
“The government has put in place measures to enhance the security level of preparedness to deter and disrupt terrorism activities. Citizens also have a role in counter terrorism and prevention of criminal activities through being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity, item or persons,” the Ministry said on Monday.
In a statement, the Ministry says especially during this festive season, the public must be vigilant when in crowded places like “shopping malls, entertainment spots, restaurants and places of worship, buses and bus stops, airports, railway stations, ferries, drop off points and learning institutions,” which are potential soft targets for criminals.
Those in charge of managing public places like shops, airports, railway stations and learning institutions have been asked to be keen all the time by conducting thorough searches within the premises.
These includes checking emergency exits to avoid unauthorized uses, checking all areas like washrooms regularly for unattended items, assessing emergency preparedness, report any suspicious activities as well breaking routines to avoid traps.
Kenyans have also been urged to report any suspicious persons, vehicles, as well suspicious items at the nearest police station.
For suspicious persons, people have asked to look out for the people in unauthorised areas who appear lost, dress inappropriate or overdresses for a given weather condition and who those are loitering while observing activities on facilities without authority.
Suspicious items to be reported include those unattended on or next to a seat in a vehicle, in waiting areas or washrooms, roadsides, lecture halls, dining halls, places of worship as well as shopping malls, restaurant hotels and hospitals.
Members of the public should report vehicles parked in unauthorised locations, unattended for a long time, newly painted or emitting funny odour or those with missing or improper number plates.
“When reporting, take note of the details like who and what you observed, location, time of occurrence and why it is suspicious,” the Ministry said.