US Embassy issues security alert amid street crimes in Islamabad
“The US Embassy in Islamabad has received reports of a recent increase in street crimes in Islamabad. Most incidents have taken place in sectors G-6, F-6, F-7, F-10, I-9, and I-10,” the alert mentioned.
“These street crimes have included muggings, armed robberies, and thefts of mobile phones, purses, and automobiles,” it added.
The security alert said, “US citizens are reminded that police response times to reported crimes can vary. US citizens traveling within these sectors and especially while visiting markets should exercise caution and remain alert.”
In this scenario, it urged the American nationals to keep a low profile and not to display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
The embassy also called for remaining vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs, “beware of your surroundings” and enrolling in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.