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Security

  • Security in the city

As with any developing country with large income inequality, security in Cote d'Ivoire, and more particularly in Abidjan can be a concern. That said, the security situation in Côte d’Ivoire has evolved immensely since the 2011 Post-election crisis. Non-violent incidents such as purse snatchings and pick pocketing on public transportation are some of the most frequently reported crimes.  As a countermeasure, the city administration has heightened its crime combating efforts, particularly in the centre of Abidjan, with the installation of  video-camera surveillance. It is safe to walk around Abidjan during the day. At night, you should exercise caution, even when in groups. Violent hold-ups and home invasions are rare, and heavy traffic in Abidjan has led to a drop in the number of car-jackings.

In March 2013, a special task force composed of police officers, gendarmes and soldiers known as the CCDO was set up in Abidjan to improve coordination between various security units.  Their armoured vehicle patrol the city every day and for emergencies, you can call the numbers below:

Emergency numbers 24/7

Free calls Tel: 100/111
Tel: +225 20 22 53 45 / +225 20 22 49 17

  • Carjacking

Carjacking has previously been a common form of crime in Abidjan but it has substantially decreased since 2010.

A few cases that happened recently remind us the possible increase of carjacking in Abidjan.

Carjacking can occur anywhere, but is mostly a big city problem.
It happens most often in a busy commercial area where cars are parked and when the owner is entering or exiting the parked vehicle. The majority of carjackings or attempts tend to occur near the victim's home. The carjacker wants the keys readily available and the car door unlocked for a quick getaway. Carjackers tend to prefer people who are alone in their car for obvious reasons.
Popular carjacking locations are parking lots, shopping centers, gas stations, car washes, convenience stores, ATMs, hotels and outside of retail stores. Close proximity to a freeway is a desirable escape factor from the carjackers prospective. A risky, but popular location for the carjacker is a roadway intersection with a stoplight. A carjacker will jump out of another vehicle, pull open your unlocked drivers’ door, and force you to get out. This type of carjacking allows for a quick escape but increases their risk of being followed by other drivers.
Another copycat scheme used by carjackers is to bump your car from behind to get you to pull over and stop.

How to avoid it?

First of all, you need to remember that strict enforcement of security principles is always essential.

Carjacking of parked vehicles depends on the car owner being inattentive to their surroundings. Carjackers, like street robbers, prefer the element of surprise. Most victims say they never saw the carjacker until they appeared at their car door. To reduce your risk of being carjacked, here is a list of important points to remember:

* Consider getting a mobile panic button from any major security company.
* Always park in well-lighted areas, if you plan to arrive/leave after dark
* Don't park in isolated or visually obstructed areas
* Don't use an unattended garage, if you are driving alone
* As you walk to your car be alert of suspicious people sitting in cars
* Watch out for people loitering in the area (handing out flyers, etc)
* If someone tries to approach, change direction or run to a busy store
* As you approach your vehicle, look under, around, and inside your car, If safe, open the door, enter quickly, and lock the doors
* Don't be a target by turning your back while loading packages into the car
 * Make it your habit to always start your car and drive away immediately
* Teach and practice with your children to enter and exit the car quickly
* In the city, always drive with your car doors locked and windows rolled up
* When stopped in traffic, leave room ahead to maneuver and escape, if necessary
* If you are bumped in traffic, try to understand if the accident is genuine or not and waive to follow to a gas station or busy place before getting out
* If you are ever confronted by an armed carjacker don’t resist
* Give up your keys or money if demanded without resistance
* Don’t argue, fight or chase the robber. You can be seriously injured

If you are carjacked,
call the police immediately to report the crime and provide detailed information

 

  • Home Security

For your home security, it is advisable that you opt for gated communities and compounds or secured apartments. Most people find that paying particular attention to your home security permiter will help minimize their chances of becoming a target. This includes ensuring that there is no heavy vegetation near your home that would-be thieves can hide in, and making sure that you have outdoor lighting.  Some people also opt to have motion detected lighting installed.

  • Roads Security in Côte d'Ivoire

While roads in Abidjan are generally safe and well patrolled, there are a number of risk areas outside of the capital.  They include roads along the Liberian border and in the northern central parts of country where highway bandits take advantage of the lack of a strong police presence.  Your best bet is to travel in a convoy of at least vehicles and to avoid travel in the evening or pre-dawn hours. Security checkpoints are relatively common, particularly near the Zone of Confidence, the ceasefire line between the North and the South, and on the outskirts of major cities. Soldiers may ask to inspect your documents. If this happens to you, just remain calm and hand over your papers.

  • Security Companies in Abidjan

Here is a list of a some security companies operating in Abidjan. Most providers of security solutions offer a complete range of integrated security solutions for different budgets:

Archange Sécurité

Address: Cocody Riviera Jardin

Tel: +225 22 43 55 74 / +225 +225 22 43 55 75

Email: archange09securite@yahoo.fr

Facebook: Archange Securité

 

Loss Control

Address: Marcory Zone 4c Rue Paul Langevin
Tel: +225 21 25 63 00
Fax: +225 21 25 88 30
Email: info@losscontrol.ci

Website: www.losscontrol.ci

Lavegarde Sarl

Address: Marcory Boulevard Valéry Giscard D'estaing (Hôtel Ibis)
Tel: +225 21 75 08 00 / +225 21 75 08 01 / +225 21 75 08 03 / +225 21 75 08 08 
Email: info@lavegarde.net

Website: lavegardesecurite.blogspot.com

Gigas Security

Address: Marcory Zone 4c-Rue du Dr Blanchard
Tel: +225 21 35 30 06 / +225 01 35 79 86 / +225 08 40 45 84
Fax: +225 21 35 82 88 / +225 23 52 62 13
Email: mdsigas@yahoo.fr / gigas_fs@yahoo.fr

Epis Securite

Address: Cocody Deux Plateaux
Tel: +225 05 06 52 21 / +225 07 32 82 03 / +225 02 48 15 95
Fax: +225 22 42 82 74
Email: epis.securite.ci@gmail.com

Bip Assistance

Address: Cocody Angré 8eme Tranche
Tel: +225 21 25 95 00 / +225 22 42 98 00
Fax: +225 21 25 95 72
Email: infos@bipassistance.ci

Website: www.bipassistance.ci

Agence Coulibaly Service

Address: Daloa-Quartier Commerce
Tel: +225 07 10 05 91 / +225 05 54 05 62 / +225 05 72 12 73
Email: acs@spectresecuritycorps.com

Website: www.spectresecuritycorps.com

Zebra Protection Ci

Address: Marcory Zone 4-Boulevard de Marseille
Tel: +225 21 35 59 37 / +225 21 35 59 39
Email: info@zebraprotection-ci.com

Website: www.zebraprotection-ci.com

Vigassistance

Address: Marcory Résidentiel-Boulevard Achalme
Tel: +225 21 75 06 70
Fax: +225 21 26 80 86
Email: info@vigassistance.com

Website: www.vigassistance.com

Master Securities and Services

Physical and electronic security of properties and people
Address: Cocody Deux Plateaux
Tel: +225 22 50 36 63
Email: Mastersentreprise@gmail.com

 

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