Warden Message No 26: Crime in the Maadi Area and Personal Security Awareness
Warden Message No 26
December 21, 2010
In the past several months the Embassy has received reports of a number of attempted robberies perpetrated against the expatriate community, including members of the U.S. Mission in Cairo. All of these robberies have occurred in Maadi in the vicinity of Road 250 and possibly involve the same suspects:
- A blue or silver car, possibly a 4-door sedan, with a driver and one passenger.
- The passenger exits the vehicle and asks the victim for directions to a soccer game.
- The victim feels a bump, or the suspect physically restrains the victim and attempts to take items from a pocket. In the most recent incident the suspect punched the victim in the stomach causing minor injury.
- The suspects drive away.
These incidents have occurred between the hours of noon and 3:00 p.m., and relatively close to police posts. Such activity in broad daylight suggests that the suspects remain in a particular area before selecting a target.
The embassy recommends that you ask yourself the following questions to help you evaluate your daily habits and practices and improve your security awareness.
- Do you vary your times and routes to and from work?
- Do you keep your doors locked and windows closed (residence and vehicle)?
- Do you check the interior and exterior of your vehicle prior to getting into your vehicle?
- Do you look for anomalies or other things that do not belong in your car?
- Do you maintain a low personal profile by not doing anything that draws attention to yourself?
- Are you alert to what is going on around you?
- Do you report suspicious persons and vehicles to the police?
- Are your colleagues and family aware of your daily plans and do they know how to reach you?
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A safe trip abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and sign up with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) website, http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789.html.
For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens may contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300. The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.