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Kuwait Crime & Security

The crime threat in Kuwait is assessed as low. However, as with anywhere in the world a degree of common sense is required. Violent crime, although rare, does occur. One of the greatest things about living in Kuwait is that the country is considered a safe environment in which to raise children.

There is a high threat from terrorism. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests. Terrorist actions may include bombings, hijackings, hostage taking, kidnappings and assassinations. Also, terrorists do not distinguish between official and civilian targets.

In early 2005, Kuwaiti security forces mounted operations against suspected militants and their safe houses, during which several suspected militants were killed or arrested. The security forces discovered bomb-making equipment and material linked with planned kidnaps. It is believed that individuals associated with these incidents are still at large and remain a threat to Western interests.

Travellers should review their security arrangements carefully. They should continue to exercise caution, particularly in public places and maintain a high level of security awareness. They should avoid large gatherings and demonstrations and exercise caution if intending to travel through or to conservative areas such as Block 7 of Fahaheel, and Jahra where there have been a significant number of incidents involving firearms.

Unexploded ordnance left behind after the 1990-91 Gulf War is still found in the desert from time to time. Never pick up any suspicious item lying in the desert.

Physical and verbal harassment of women are continuing problems. The Kuwaiti police accept crime reports at the police station with jurisdiction over the area where the crime occurred.





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