How it works:
- Street, mall, shop, park: distracting and snatching from you, then escaping via a getaway car or down a street corner.
- Boda-boda/bike: riding past with a pillion rider doing the snatch.
- Car/taxi/matatu: snatching valuables through a window at traffic lights/crowded traffic, or right after you alight.
- Train: stealing unattended bags/luggage in luggage compartments.
- Beach: stealing of unattended valuables by beach boys along the Mombasa Coast
- Mugging: they operate and “attack” in big groups.
- ATM: they strike once cash is dispensed from the machine.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (hotspots – e.g. Nairobi: Ngara, Tom Mboya Street; Mombasa: Old Town; Kisumu; coastal beach resorts)
- Check out other hotspots of violent crime
What to do:
- Valuables: avoid laying out on tables or carrying in your hands while walking.
- Bags: consider using lockable bags that can be locked to another object and cross body anti-theft bags (difficult to snatch).
- Travel insurance: get a good one that covers theft (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – review).