Crime In Ethiopia


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Addis Ababa is a relatively safe city, though petty crime definitely is on the rise. The incidence of petty theft, including mugging and pick-pocketing, has increased noticeably. Petty theft is highly organized in Addis. In the event that you are a victim of crime, the information below serves as a guide in reporting the crime and taking steps to replace the items you have lost.


Report the crime as soon as possible to the nearest police station. Your embassy is likely to require a translated version of the police report/letter when you apply for a replacement passport. Take the police report/letter to the Be-Na Translation Office, located in the group of shops beneath Addis Ababa Stadium, near Meskel Square. You can get a replacement SIM card for your mobile phone that retains your old phone number.


Get a replacement Ethiopian Driver’s License. Obtain a letter explaining the theft/loss of your license from the zonal police station addressed to the City Government of Addis Ababa Transport Authority. Take a photo ID and submit this letter, one photograph, and, as of this writing, 100 birrs to the Transport Authority office along with the appropriate completed form. Get a replacement Residence Permit.


Obtain a letter explaining the theft/loss of your permit from your local police station. Take this letter along with a photograph and your passport to the Immigration Department or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and follow the same procedure used for obtaining your original residence permit. Though you should not expect to have your stolen items recovered by the police, it does happen sometimes. Depending on the value of the items you lost, it may not seem worth the time and hassle to stick with the legal process but please do.


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