Nairobi crime spiralling out of control – report

April 17, 2013 7:50 am
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According to the study by Security Research and Information Centre, 41 percent of crimes reported are violent robberies and residents in all parts of the city are prone to such attacks/FILE
According to the study by Security Research and Information Centre, 41 percent of crimes reported are violent robberies and residents in all parts of the city are prone to such attacks/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – A survey conducted recently has revealed an alarming level of armed robberies and other violent crimes in Nairobi.

According to the study by Security Research and Information Centre, 41 percent of crimes reported are violent robberies and residents in all parts of the city are prone to such attacks.

Inspector General David Kimaiyo welcomed the Nairobi Regional Annual Crime Observatory Report, saying it will help in facilitating stakeholders to consolidate their resources to address challenges of crime.

“Nairobi is the nerve centre of our country’s economy and political leadership. This study will facilitate stakeholders to consolidate their resources and address the challenges that we face,” he said.

“This kind if report should be shared especially among those who are supposed to take action. It should not just be another report that we develop and is kept on the shelf,” he stated.

The report further stated that robbery and theft are the main types of crime in Nairobi region accounting for 41.1 percent and 34.9 percent respectively.

“City residents are worried by the rampant use of small arms like pistols, home-made guns and toy guns in most of the crimes committed,” it stated.

Other crimes reported in Nairobi include burglary, carjacking, assault, drug trafficking and sexual offences. It further identified terror attacks as a major source of security concern for city dwellers and law enforcement agencies.

The report states that while most crime hotspots are in city slums, they also extend to formal residential estates like Kayole, Jericho, Huruma, Ngara, South B and parts of Westlands.

While Kibera was identified for armed robberies and assaults, Kayole was marked for “all types of crime” including kidnappings and trade in firearms.

The survey also found out that generally, people were reluctant to report crime to police because of lack of confidence in the officers.

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