How it works:
- Situation: in Nairobi alone, there are about 10 vehicle hijackings a day (stolen to commit armed robbery).
- Version 1: criminals set up a fake road block.
- Version 2: criminals signal you to stop by signalling a problem with your car.
- Version 3: matatu drivers in cahoots with criminals allow criminals to intercept and then to drive the matatu to an isolated area.
Places to beware:
- Mombasa: slum areas, Old Town
- Nairobi (top 10 spots): Adams Arcade matatu stage, City stadium roundabout, Church Army stage on Jogoo Road, Kipande Road, Turnoff to Kenya Institute of Mass Communication from Mombasa Road, Baba Dogo area, the Kangundo/Outer Ring road junction, Bahati estate, Survey of Kenya stage on Thika superhighway, Toi market
What to do:
- Stop: a distance away and if there are really any problems with your car, call your rental company for advice.
- Valuables: use a cheap spare wallet with some cash inside which you can give up if threatened.
- Travel insurance: get a good one that covers theft – check out the various travel insurance comparison platforms to find the best deal that works for you.