With tourism comes opportunities for crims to make a quick dollar by stealing your stuff. While Tanzania isn‘t as bad as some other African countries, it still pays to be alert and take steps to protect yourself and belongings as you would traveling anywhere else.
Pickpockets and con artists operate in crowded markets and transport hubs. Keep your valuables secure and well hidden.
Don't be fooled by the playfulness of small children; they have often been forced into a life of crime and may be there to distract you.
When you visit the beach, only take what you need with you. Leave your valuables locked up back at your accommodation.
Most robberies are ‘snatch and run‘. Thieves wait for the opportunity to grab something and then disappear into the crowd.
Never carry anything of value in your pockets and don't dangle expensive camera equipment from your neck. Never leave bags unattended.
The golden rule – don‘t try and be a hero in dangerous situations. Things can be replaced, but you can't.
Violent crime against foreigners is not uncommon, particularly those walking alone at night.
Only use registered taxis or those from established taxi zones or booked in advance. Also, avoid walking alone near the beach.
Take care when in Dar es Salaam, particularly on Toure Drive, as car jackings and muggings have occurred. People have also been mugged while taking an early morning jog in Mwanza city centre.
Never accept food, drinks or cigarettes from strangers; there have been reports of tourists being drugged with laced candy while on long-haul bus trips, only to wake up later to find their luggage gone.
Tourists have also been kidnapped, robbed and forced, with the threat of violence, to withdraw cash from ATMs in Dar Es Salaam. Even though all the victims were released (a classic example of express kidnapping) all were shaken by the threat of violence, and some were assaulted.
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