Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 3:20 AM U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Warden Message - Snatch and Grab Robberies August 17, 2010 This Warden Message is being issued as a reminder of the continuing problem of snatch and grab robberies in Dar es Salaam. Most recently, occupants of a vehicle have grabbed bags, purses, and backpacks from pedestrians and bicyclists traveling on the side of the road. Many of these robberies occurred on the Msasani peninsula, specifically on Yacht Club Road, Chole Road, and Haile Selassie Road. The latest incident occurred the night of August 15 on Mahando Road near the Sea Cliff Hotel. Several of these robberies occurred after the victim visited the Barclay's bank in Slipway. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to be especially alert to individuals paying an undue amount of attention to your activities. We also strongly advise against carrying bags or purses while on foot or bicycle. If that is unavoidable, be sure to carry the bag in front of you or on your side furthest away from traffic. Bags that are nondescript, or even worn or dirty in appearance, may be less appealing to criminals. Facing oncoming traffic as you walk may allow you to anticipate a robbery attempt and take evasive action. It is wise to avoid walking after dark. If you experience a snatch and grab robbery, release your belongings to avoid physical injury. By hanging on, you risk being dragged down the street (as has happened already), or getting caught under the rear wheel of the car. To avoid losing your cell phone along with your bag or purse, carry it in a pocket or somewhere else on your person. The local equivalent to the "911" emergency line in Tanzania is: 111 U.S. citizens living or traveling in Tanzania are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/, so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Tanzania. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy. By registering, U.S. 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 by 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 countries.