Crime in Botswana

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

The US Embassy issued a warning in Gaborone, Botswana, following six incidents of serious crime in July. Among these were a stabbing during an attempted robbery of a laptop computer; the theft of a handbag from a vehicle, and the attempted theft of a cell phone from a tourist at Riverwalk Mall (local shoppers caught the thief). 

The Kgale Hill and Gaborone Dam areas are high crime areas where gangs of criminals target individuals or groups. The embassy suggests traveling there in very large groups with many strong individuals.