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Watamu Against Crime

Watamu Against Crime

What is WAC?

Promoting safety, security and well-being throughout the Watamu community

WAC is a nonprofit Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Watamu working in collaboration with the Kenya Police and other public service organisations to promote safety and security in the Watamu area. WAC works towards maintaining a peaceful environment for ALL residents and visitors in Watamu and its immediate environs. Its aim is to help people protect themselves and their property, to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and promote community cooperation and well-being.

WAC was formed in 2009 in response to Watamu’s growing community’s need for an organisation that would assist the local police, security companies, and other public service organisations in making Watamu a safer place for all who live, work and visit the area.

WAC is regarded as a benchmark of Community Security Support in Kenya due to the low crime rates in our area compared to other areas in Kenya.This is achieved through donations and membership dues which allow us to provide security and support services to our community.

WAC Membership

Join WAC

Membership is open to everyone, new members are needed and very welcome. WAC raises its operational funds through membership fees and donations. Without at least 250 members, and the generous donations of kind supporters, WAC would not be able to operate. WAC currently has 250 household members, and 20 corporate members.

Annual Membership Subscription

HOUSEHOLD MEMBERSHIP

BRONZE KES 12,000/-
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

SILVER KES25,000

GOLD KES 50,000

PLATINUM KES 100,000

How to pay or make a donation

You can pay by cash or cheque to Watamu Against Crime (WAC) at our Administration office near Blue Marmalade Supermarket, or via Mpesa or bank transfer as per details below:

Mpesa

BUY GOODS TILL NUMBER: 7410189  

Bank Transfer:

Bank Transfer to Kenya Commercial Bank, Watamu Branch.
Bank Account No: 1177453363 Bank
Account name: Watamu Against Crime

All donations are very much appreciated. CSR and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please email chairman@watamuagainstcrime.org for more information.

Donation Boxes:

Cash donations can be made to any of our donation boxes around Watamu. Look out for them at Blue Marmalade supermarket and a number of hotels in Watamu.

How does WAC work?

Voluntary Committee and trusted employees

WAC is run by an elected Committee, working on a voluntary basis. WAC employs a Crisis Manager, an Office Administrator, and Drivers. WAC’s office space is kindly donated by Blue Marmalade Supermarket. Assets include three 4x4 vehicles, radios, and office equipment.

The WAC Committee and employees act as a link between the community and local police. Everyone within WAC plays an important part in making their neighbourhood a safer, more friendly and pleasant place to live.

Please note, WAC is not a security company, WAC does not provide a private security backup service. WAC assists the Kenya Police in their operations and does not compete with security providers such as G4S, Sentry Security, or 911. WAC provide assistance and support to Kenya Police as and when requested by them and liaises with private security companies in incidents where their client is also a WAC member.

WAC Activities

  • A fleet of 3 vehicles carry out daily security patrols with the Kenya Police. Patrols take place day and night.

  • WAC facilitate emergency response call outs to members who need police assistance, fire and ambulance service.

  • WAC related office business, the WAC Office is open during usual office hours.

  • WAC arrange and host weekly security meetings with police and other security related organisations.

  • WAC hold monthly committee meetings.

  • Close collaboration with KWS, Kenya Fire Brigade, Red Cross Ambulance, and other first response organisations.

  • Close collaboration with other community organisations including Watamu Town Council, Watamu Association, and NEMA, among others.

  • Increased security presence during peak seasons, such as the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays.

  • Through members donations, WAC has built the OCS office, the CID office, one large office and two dog kennels at the police station.

  • WAC’s private radio network is connected with the WAC cars, the police station, KWS, G4S, Sentry Security and many of the hotels.

A better quality of life

Benefits of WAC

WAC makes a real difference to people’s lives, and can help people feel safer and peaceful in their homes by:

  • improving the safety of communities;

  • developing community spirit;

  • promoting co-operation between the police and the community;

  • helping the police detect crime through improved communication and reporting suspicious and criminal activity quickly;

  • preventing crime and reducing the fear of crime;

  • encouraging people to watch out for possible problems;

  • providing a visible sign that members of a community are looking out for each other.

 

Anyone can belong to WAC and play a part in its achievements.

Everyone within WAC plays an important part in making their neighbourhood a safer, more friendly and pleasant place to live. Members are encouraged to participate and communicate information, ideas, and suggestions that may inprove safety and wellbeing in Watamu. WAC members are given security and safety advice and support, and through a united membership have a stronger voice and pooled resources to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and to ensure Watamu remains a peaceful place to live, work and visit.

Collaborative partners

We partner and collaborate with organisations and companies in and around Watamu.

Kenya Police
Malindi Fire Station
Blue Market Supermarket
Hemingways Resort
Kenya Wildlife Service
Watamu Council
G4S
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Red Cross Ambulance
Watamu Association
Sentry Security
Wells Fargo