BY NATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM CENTRE
The government security agencies are working round the clock as we are
ushering in the New Year (2015) to ensure that the public is safe and secure
during the festivities. However, it is imperative that the public observes the
Crowded Places, which include shopping malls, bars, restaurants and night
clubs, may be vulnerable to a range of criminal acts including terrorism. To
keep people safe, businesses need to secure and minimize disruption. To
those who own, operate, manage or work in such places;
Search your premises (inside and out) before, during and after opening
Remain vigilant during opening hours.
Ensure your emergency exits are secured when not in use to prevent
unauthorized entry past any screening area in place.
Check toilet areas regularly for unattended items.
Report suspicious activity; Vigilant staff will notice suspicious activity
Terrorists may target the transport sector.
The Public need to be vigilant and report potential threats in the bus/matatu
WHAT THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO LOOK OUT FOR???
A. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS
Persons who are in unauthorized areas or appear lost. Persons dressed inappropriately or overdressed for a given weather
Persons loitering or observing activities on facilities without authority.
Persons wandering around or outside a facility and seen at strategic
entrances without permission.
Persons who are pacing, nervous or jumpy.
Persons avoiding eye contact.
Persons departing quickly when seen or approached
Persons photographing or video taking at facilities which photography
is not allowed.
Persons attempting to gain access into facilities illegally.
Suspicious vendors attempting to sell merchandise.
Persons drawing diagrams or maps of facility.
Terrorists can use vehicles for two purposes; Vehicle-Borne improvised
Explosive Device (VBIED) or Smuggling of firearms and bomb-making
materials. The public need to check out on;
Vehicles parked in unauthorized locations.
Out-of-place vans, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and cars
Vehicles parked for more than normal duration.
Vehicles riding low (looks overly heavy in either the front or the rear).
Missing or improper Number plates.
C. SUSPICIOUS ITEMS
These are unknown, unattended, out of place or unexpected deliveries like
packages, backpacks, bags, boxes, etc. which can be found in various places
On or next to a seat in a vehicle.
In a waiting area or rest room.
Shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, hospitals.
Never attempt to disturb or move a suspicious object.
Have as minimal time as possible on a suspicious object.
Report the matter as soon as possible to relevant security authorities. Never attempt to handle a situation which you are not conversant
In case of explosion, keep off the scene until it is cleared.
When reporting take note of the details:
S – Size (Jot down the number of people, gender, ages, and physical
A – Activity (Describe exactly what they were doing)
L – Location (Provide exact location)
U – Uniform (Describe what they were wearing, including shoes)
T – Time (Provide date, time, and duration of activity)
E – Equipment (Describe vehicle, make, color etc., license plate, camera,
Points to remember
We must all join hands in fighting terrorism scourge to make Kenya secure.
Be a participant, not a spectator in safety and security.
Be aware of your surroundings e.g. home, neighborhood, work, places of
worship and places of entertainment.
If you hear gunfire or an explosion, leave the area or find a safe place and
If there are concerns that anyone is involved in terrorism or planning to
commit terrorism acts please contact the nearest police station, security
officials in your area, governor and his/her officials in your area, county
commissioner and his/her officials in your area OR police hotline 999 or 112.
Isaac Ochieng MBS, ndc (K)