Mugging and armed banditry are a problem throughout Cameroon but particularly in Yaounde. For your safety, avoid isolated or poorer areas of towns, example in Yaounde La Briquetterie and Mokolo market. Avoid walking around night, particularly alone. Be vigilant in public places, trouble can flare up unexpectedly (eg at football matches). Make sure car doors are lock when driving around. Furthermore, avoid wearing jewelry and only carry small amounts of cash and valuables. Close and lock all doors and windows, particularly at night. Identify callers through spy holes before opening doors, especially late at night.
Theft is common on trains, coaches and bush taxis and around bus stations and hotels. Taxis in cities operate like buses, picking up passengers while there is still room in the car. They often take indirect routes and many don’t meet basic safety requirements. There have been reports of violent assaults and robberies on taxi passengers. Only use trusted taxis and preferably book one from your hotel or restaurant.
Avoid all travel by road at night in rural areas, particularly on the Yaounde-Douala trunk road. Plan your journey carefully and travel in convoy, where possible. You can drive using a UK driving licence or International Driving Permit on first arrival. Nevertheless, you can obtain a Cameroonian driving licence from the Delegation of Transport as soon as possible. Make sure any car you hire have insurance with written confirmation from insurance company (rather than the car hire firm). In case you hire a driver and car, make sure you are not liable for any accident or damage.
Contact police department
In case of any trouble, you can get in touch with Police department by calling 117. If you have been a victim of fraud from a police official, you should call 1500. In case of fire, please contact the fire service through this number 118.