Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata has directed security chiefs at the Coast to put strict measures to combat runaway crime in the region.
Elungata said security personnel should always remain at a heightened state of alert to nip crime in the bud especially along the South coast seafront.
The RC wants police to step up the fight against human trafficking saying aliens from Ethiopia were seeking to cross to Tanzania destined for South Africa saying Mackinon road, Samburu and Taru townships were become a favourite hideout of human traffickers.
He said security apparatus should remain on high alert and monitor movements of foreigners to ensure safety of residents, domestic and foreign tourists and that the general peace and tranquility in the region is throughout maintained.
“Recently we had an incident where a foreign national from Zambia was involved in an accident while skydiving and nobody knew his immigration status” he said, adding that the Zambian was later said to be a member of his country’s security forces.
The administrator who is also the regional security and intelligence committee Chairperson also directed Coast police to tackle teenage pregnancy and teenage marriages.
He said the region is still grappling with human trafficking syndicate and smuggling in contraband goods and asked the security apparatus to monitor security situation on a 24 hour basis.
Elungata who was accompanied by coast region police commander Marcus Ochola urged residents to volunteer vital information to security personnel saying everybody plays an important role in maintaining peace.
The administrator said it is unacceptable that seven robbery incidents have been reported in Kwale County in the last few weeks perpetrated by people armed with AK 47 assault rifle scaring away investors.
“As security heads you must institute strict measures to intercept criminals before they visit mayhem on the residents and holidaymakers” he said noting that runaway crime would hurt tourist arrivals in the region.