Togo perils

This item appears on page 19 of the August 2010 issue.

The US Embassy in Togo released a report in May 2010.

Armed robbery of pedestrians is the most common crime, usually in urban centers. Robberies on beaches have increased; use only private beaches that provide security personnel, and avoid all beaches at night. Theft from vehicles stopped in traffic is becoming common, particularly where there is construction congestion; keep car doors locked when inside, and leave extra room to maneuver the car. 

The most significant threat to safety is vehicular accidents. Togo’s roads are poorly lit and maintained, traffic laws are ignored and motorcycles weave through traffic.