Cameroon suffers from both opportunistic and targeted crime, both violent, and non-violent. While petty theft such as pick pocketing and bag snatching is common on public transport, there have also been reports of violent assaults and robberies on taxi passengers.
Road travel is considered high-risk as roads are generally in bad or deteriorated condition, this is further exacerbated by common bad driving, poor lighting, and hazards of stray animals. Cell phone coverage is generally poor in rural areas, and police roadblocks are common, with reporting of police asking for bribes.
Specific care and attention should be taken close to the borders of Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, and Nigeria, and along certain stretches of roads to/from that region. There have also been incidents or kidnappings in the North region. Both Boko Haram and Islamic State (ISWA) are active in the North.
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