US embassy issues street crimes advisory to its citizens in Islamabad
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad September 15, 2020: The Embassy of United States in Islamabad has issued an advisory to its citizens asking them to remain cautious and alert in view of what it said the rising number of street crimes in the federal capital.
“The US embassy in Islamabad has received reports of a recent increase in street crimes in Islamabad. Most incidents have taken place in sectors G-6, F-6, F-7, F-10, I-9, and I-10. These street crimes have included muggings, armed robberies, and thefts of mobile phones, purses, and automobiles,” the embassy said in an advisor issued on Monday.
The embassy has reminded US citizens that police response times to reported crimes can vary. “US citizens travelling within these sectors and especially while visiting markets should exercise caution and remain alert,” it said.
The embassy has advised its citizens to keep a low profile. “Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches,” it said.
It asked citizens to be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs and be aware of their surroundings. The embassy has asked citizens to enrol themselves in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. “Embassy operations are normal,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad police have decided to launch a crackdown on street crimes in all sectors. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Islamabad police chaired by senior superintendent of police operations.