Street crime, though it hardly approaches Nairobi’s level, is still a problem in Mombasa, and you should be wary of displaying any valuables or accepting invitations to walk down dark alleys (which should be avoided at all times anyway). The Likoni ferry and the chaotic area around the junction of Jomo Kenyatta Avenue and Mwembe Tayari Road are two hotspots for pickpocketing and bag snatching. It’s also not unknown for pickpockets to stalk tourists along Moi Avenue and around Fort Jesus. While as a general rule, Mombasa is a far less neurotic city than Nairobi – even after dark, when you’ll see Mombasans taking a stroll, old men conversing on the benches in Digo Road and many shops staying open late – it’s still important to stay alert and avoid taking risks.

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