CAIRO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Americans in Egypt were urged by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo this week to be more aware of their safety in the streets.
An advisory from the embassy said a spike in street crime coupled with potential anti-American violence warranted a higher level of caution for U.S. citizens in Egypt.
"The current security environment in Egypt may offer opportunities to groups or individuals that want to target westerners or U.S. interests," the embassy said in a written statement. "While these risks cannot be completely avoided, there are many personal security measures that U.S. citizens can take to lower their profiles and minimize their exposure to situations."
The advisory urged Americans to keep their car doors locked and not tell too many people in advance about their travel plans.
The Egypt Independent said Friday that while tensions over recent violent demonstrations at the embassy lingered, there had also been an uptick in crime that added to the overall concerns about security.
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