Security will be heightened in the North Coast where thousands of international and local tourists are expected to throng various destinations to celebrate Easter holidays. Tourist Police Unit [TPU] has put in place measures to secure beaches, hotels, tourist circuits and streets with a view to averting any attacks on tourists.
Addressing tourist industry stakeholders, the Officer Commanding TPU in Kilifi town, Chief Inspector Bernard Mutua Kasee stressed that police patrols in areas of tourist interest will protect visitors from harassment by beach operators, parking boys, street families and hawkers.
“We are also working with the Ministry of Tourism to offer general advice and guidance to tourists and assist them during cultural festivals held in this region,” he said. He, however, called on tourists to help the police in promoting their own security by observing some general security guidelines.
“While leaving their hotel rooms, tourist are advised to only carry enough cash to spend and leave the rest of their valuables and money securely locked in the hotel safes,” said Kasee. Tourists should exchange currency either at the hotel, recognised banking institutions or foreign exchange bureaus to avoid landing in the hands of fraudulent people.
He encouraged visitors to report ugly incidences or seek guidance and information from true police officers who can be identified by their uniforms, force number and nametags displayed on their chests. Further, Kasee urged beach operators to work in partnership with the tourist police unit to root out fake operators in the sector.