Security Notice November 2010
Date: Monday, November 29, 2010, 2:27 AM
The U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam would like to remind American citizens
that we often note an increase in crime during the holiday season and we
believe this to be the case this year.
In our most serious incident so far, an American citizen was robbed last
week while she was walking on Ocean Road in Dar es Salaam near the ferry
just before noon. She was forced into a vehicle under threat of
violence. The victim complied with the robbers' demands and was held
for some time before eventually being released without injury.
The Embassy urges you in the strongest possible terms to exercise good
personal security practices. Specifically:
- Be exceptionally aware of your surroundings, especially if
you are out walking alone. Walk in groups whenever possible and do not
walk after dark.
- Don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself by your actions
or by carrying valuables.
- Lock all doors - especially at night.
- Be sure your cell phones, and telephones are readily
available and in good working order.
- Use your alarm system. Make sure the members of your
household know where the alarm panic buttons are and how to use them.
- Be especially cautious while driving as there will be a
greater number of drunk drivers on the road during holiday season. Do
not drink and drive.
- Please be sure that your most recent contact information is
updated on our registry.
Please review your security practices and maintain a high level of
vigilance over the coming weeks.
American citizens living or traveling in Tanzania are encouraged to
register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's smart
traveler enrollment program, to obtain updated information on travel and
security within Tanzania. Citizens without Internet access may register
directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy. By registering, American
citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of
emergency. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania can be
contacted by telephone at  (22) 266-8001 x 4122 and fax at 
(22) 266-8238. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For after hours emergencies, U.S. citizens
should call  (22) 266-8001.
U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in
the United States for the latest travel information. The Office of
Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747
from within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling (202) 501-4444 from other