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Warden Message

U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon

Security Notice - Increase in Crime

February 4, 2011

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the increase in crime throughout Gabon during the past several weeks.  Criminals prey upon those they perceive to be affluent, including U.S. citizens.  Remain vigilant, stay current with media coverage of local events, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.  In light of the increase in burglaries, we remind you to take all security measures such as using locks and setting alarms, limiting access to your residence to trusted individuals, and locking up valuables out of sight. 

To prevent carjacking and petty theft, you should travel with your car windows up, doors locked, and items of value hidden from view.  You should avoid marginal neighborhoods, poorly lit streets, and unfamiliar areas of the city, especially at night.  You should not walk, run, or stay on the beach alone or in groups after dusk.  When dining in restaurants or visiting markets, you should carry only minimal amounts of cash and avoid wearing excessive amounts of jewelry.  If involved in an attempted robbery or carjacking, you are encouraged to comply with the attacker to avoid injury and to report all incidents to the police and the U.S. Embassy. 

Demonstrations can occur in Gabon with little warning.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the web site of U.S. Embassy Libreville.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Gabon  or  São Tomé & Príncipe.  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). 

If you are going to live in or travel to Gabon or São Tomé & Príncipe, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Libreville is located in Centre Ville on the Boulevard du Bord de Mer, and may be reached at (241) 76-20-03/04 during business hours. 

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call (241) 0738-0171 and ask to speak with the duty officer.