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US warns its citizens of crimes in Islamabad

US warns its citizens of crimes in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy in Islam­abad warned it citizens of an increase in the number of crimes in the capital, Dawn has learnt.

The US Embassy issued an alert informing the American citizens living in the capital that the number of crimes, including mugging, armed robberies and theft of mobile phones, purses and automobiles, had increased in the city.

The alert on its website stated the US Embassy had received reports about a recent hike in street crimes in Islamabad. Most of such incidents took place in sectors G-6, F-6, F-7, F-10, I-9 and I-10, it added.

“The US citizens are reminded that police response times to reported crime can vary. The US citizens traveling within these sectors and especially while visiting markets should exercise caution and remain alert,” it said.

The embassy asked the US citizens to keep a low profile and avoid displaying signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelries or watches, and be vigilant while visiting banks or ATMs. “Moreover, be aware of surroundings and enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Programme (STEP) to receive security update,” the alert said.

Published in Dawn, September 15th, 2020

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