Lusaka US embassy issues high crime alert for Zambia

The United States Embassy in Lusaka has issued a high crime alert for Zambia warning its citizens to be careful of rising attacks in the country.

According to a statement sent to media houses and US citizens, the high rise in crime around Lusaka and other parts of Zambia has forced Washington to issue a security alert for its citizens living in or with intentions of visiting the country.

“Reports indicate that many residential neighborhoods throughout the country continue to experience an increase in crimes against both people and property.

“Although the majority of reported incidents occur in Lusaka, crime may occur anywhere. The overall crime threat in Zambia remains high, and we remind you to take normal precautions to ensure your personal security,” the statement read in part.

The embassy cited increased carjackings, assaults, and burglaries which have been on the rise in the recent past across various neighbourhoods and warned their citizens to take precautionary security measures.

They have since advised their nationals not to rely on the Zambia Police as they delay in responding to distress calls owing to lack of vehicles and other resources.

“Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Zambia. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website,” the statement said.

The American government in Zambia has expressed concern with the increased crime reports such as vehicles being struck by rocks while driving along the Leopard’s Hill Road in Lusaka.