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Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

Not really. Break ins, muggings, and burglaries seem to be on the rise and the embassy no longer provides night guards (just a roving patrol) - make use of alarms, exterior lighting, etc. Most crime is petty and non-violent. - Dec 13, 2017
This is a very safe place to live. You can walk around after dark. There's no fear of being alone as a woman. We can't drive out of the city after dark, which is more a reflection of driving/lighting than anything else. - Jan 25, 2017
There has been an increase in crime in the last year (2015-2016) in Kigali in the expat community but again, not that I'm aware of among the Embassy community. - Apr 5, 2016
No big security threat here. You can walk around freely - just be prepared to be starred at. It's harmless. Petty crime/theft is possible in crowded areas or if things are left unlocked. - Oct 16, 2014
There are very few safety concerns in Kigali. Very little petty crime. There are grenade attacks occasionally in the markets, these are generally centered around political shake-ups in country and happen a couple times a year. - Jul 23, 2014
Fighting on the border region with the Congo, and random grenade attacks in the city. - Sep 13, 2013
Just petty crime. Kigali is much, much safer than big cities in neighboring countries. - May 6, 2012
Just bring your street smarts and you'll be fine. Make sure all your car doors are locked before walking off. Hitting the button on your remote lock isn't good enought. - Apr 2, 2012
It is one of the safest countries in Africa. There is petty theft and electronic items are highly sought after. The grenade attacks were of concern, but the police are doing what they can to address the problem. - Jul 28, 2011
None that I am aware of. - Oct 20, 2010
Petty theft. Be sure to use common sense as you would in any city. As long as you don't give anyone the opportunity to rob you, you will be fine. - Jan 23, 2010
Pretty safe in general, need to be concerned about thefts and home burgulary. - Sep 16, 2008
As in other developing countries, standard precautions and situational awareness is the key. However, due to the large Expat community, travelling anywhere in the city of Kigali is safe. - Aug 9, 2008