Security update as at 25th September 2013
As I write this update on the security situation in Karengata the tragic events at Westgate mall are reaching the climax, after a 4 day siege the final death toll and casualty figures are not yet clear. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragedy.
Some might say that it overshadows recent security incidents in Karengata, however this is not so for the families and victims of those who were affected by the attacks.
The unusual number of security incidents over the past two months have led to a review of security by several Residents Associations with plans to increase physical security with the construction of walls and barriers at several estates (Regulations for such construction have been circulated and are available at the KLDA office). The police at Karen and Hardy and private security providers have increased patrols and reinforced security.
A number of security alerts have been circulated by KLDA with contacts numbers of KLDA officials and senior police officers. It is imperative that all security incidents are reported when they occur, not days or weeks after the incidents.
Common sense tips have also been circulated by the security providers and KLDA . These are summarized below and should also be followed by all.
A few precautionary tips:
Ø Call the guards before you get home and inform them of your imminent arrival
Ø Ask them to look outside for any unfamiliar people
Ø Request the askaris to open the gate before you reach your destination to avoid any delays outside the gate
Ø Cutting back foliage alongside gates wherever possible in order to minimise cover for robbers to hide in, meaning they have further to run in order to attempt to force a gate (giving the askari longer to get the gate shut & take cover)
Ø Improving lighting of driveways and outside gates. Lights should be re-oriented to illuminate the approach to the gate, rather than the car passengers (this also serves to dazzle passengers)
Security barriers application procedure
- Write to the City Engineer, Nairobi City County through Karen Ward Office stating your intentions for the barrier/wall and attach minutes for the Neighborhood security meeting ratifying the same. The Karen Ward Manager will then write a cover letter and follow up on the approval
Lt Col (Rtd) Clive Lee, KLDA Security Volunteer Chairman –Karen Security Trust.