Police officers are forced to pose as revellers to nab a group of men who go to the beach with wrong motives.
It has become a trend at the coastal beaches that a group of guys, usually teens, gang up to prey on women at the beaches.
Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach famously known as Pirates Beach has been the most affected for it is the most visited public beach at the North Coast.
This has made police officers come up with new tricks of stopping the trend, which was actually putting tourism at risk.
Police are also joining revellers and swimmers on a daily basis to ensure those with wrong intentions are nabbed before they execute their plans.
“An officer would pose as a normal reveller while on the lookout for those who prey on women,” said a vendor at the beach.
Mombasa Police Commander Johnston Ipara told offered that officers with excellent swimming skills have played a big role in combating the crime.
There is also a police post at the beach to facilitate 24/7 security for revellers.
“Not everyone going to the beach has good intentions. Others are just there to take advantage of vulnerable women,” Ipara said.
Recently, the chairman of the National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, Adan Ali, said that the issue was painting a bad picture of the tourism sector at the coast.
“We are seeing these people giving our tourism sector bad publicity. We want the Tourism ministry and the police to take stern action,” Ali said.
Pirates Beach has been for years the best option for visitors, especially local tourists visiting from outside Mombasa