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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rabat (Morocco), Motor Vehicle and Public Transportation Safety

Near East > Morocco

The U.S. Mission in Morocco informs U.S. citizens of recent reports of incidents involving motor vehicles and public transportation.  The U.S. Mission advises U.S. citizens in Morocco to exercise caution while using any form of public transportation, while driving motor vehicles on unpatrolled roads, and to remain vigilant of motor vehicles in areas with large crowds.  While none of the incidents below were directed at the U.S. government personnel or individual U.S. citizens, it is always prudent to exercise caution, maintain a low profile, and remain aware of your surroundings.

Public Transportation:  The U.S. Mission continues to receive reports of incidents involving public transportation.  Media reports indicated a woman was sexually assaulted on a public bus in Casablanca this summer.  U.S. citizens in Morocco have also reported incidents involving the misconduct and unreliability of drivers from Petit Taxis and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Careem.  U.S. citizens should travel in groups and notify others of their whereabouts or expected destination.  Contact local police immediately when incidents occur.

Intercepted Vehicles:  The U.S. Mission has received recent reports of incidents where perpetrators intercept and rob motor vehicles passing by on unpatrolled overpasses and roads.  Perpetrators typically throw rocks at vehicles along unpatrolled roads at night to cause drivers to stop and then proceed to rob passengers at knife-point.  U.S. citizens driving and whose vehicles are attacked should not stop driving until a reaching a well-lit area with other people nearby, such as a gas station or municipal building.  If traveling on the auto route, they should continue to the next toll station and make immediate contact with the police.

Intoxicated Drivers:  Media reports indicate an intoxicated driver ran into a crowd of pedestrians in downtown Marrakech on September 23, 2017.  Fifteen people were injured and no U.S. citizens were involved.  Moroccan authorities apprehended the individual.  U.S. citizens should avoid large crowds, maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and monitor local news stations for updates.

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