How Nairobi estate eliminated runaway insecurity

Paul Murwithania, the chairperson of residents' association at the Ngei Phase 2 estate in Lang'ata, Nairobi, points to a CCTV camera at the estate's entrance. PHOTO | LUKORITO JONES | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Ngei Phase II estate was once a hotbed of crime. Burglaries and car break-ins were especially common.

  • You would park your car at your front gate and get into your house, but on getting out a while later, you would find a wheel or other accessories missing.

  • So estate officials hired and trained security guards came at an extra cost to the residents and it proved to be a worthy investment.
  • From their experience, the first step in combating neighbourhood crime is to get every resident’s support.

If you do not feel safe, no matter where you live, you will not be a happy tenant. Even if you live in a leafy neighbourhood that has running water all day-long, has a sewerage system that works, or is near amenities such as schools, hospitals and one-stop malls, if you do not feel secure when you go to sleep at night, you will be a dissatisfied homeowner.


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