Nairobi, Kenya, April 16 (Reuters) – The National Police Service (NPS) has warned that any person caught stealing on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train will be arrested and prosecuted as adequate security measures are in place to protect against such acts exist.
This warning follows a recent complaint from one of SGR’s passengers, who took to Facebook to share his experience of the incident.
According to police, the victim alleged that while on a ride on an SGR train from Mombasa to Nairobi, one of his seatmates stole his wallet containing an unknown amount of money when he fell asleep during the ride.
The post sparked a conversation in which some who fell victim to the train theft shared their own experiences.
“Remarkably, from the comments we were able to single out two reported thefts with excellent feedback that the railway police to whom they reported their cases were able to arrest the suspects and recover the stolen items. The standard gauge railway is a highly protected infrastructure with a modern surveillance system, a pool of highly trained police officers and the tireless K-9 police team, formerly the canine unit,” the NPS said.
It added: “It is self-defeating for any passenger to imagine that they can attempt the impossible by committing crimes within SGR premises or on the buses and go unnoticed.”
While commenting on the Commandant Railways and Ports for their tireless efforts to secure the SGR rail system, the NPS urged them to take a multi-agency approach to address the issue.
“While we urge them to continue their efforts to stop and prosecute perpetrators, we encourage them to engage advocacy groups to document offenders and bring forward harsh conditions that should include a ban on train use,” the NPS said.