Police said the heightened patrols in churches, entertainment spots, shopping malls and major highways were informed by the need to thwart terror plots.
“We have increased roadblocks and the number of officers patrolling streets and entertainment spots as we usher in the New Year. We have major events and they will go on as scheduled,” said Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome.
The move by the security agencies to increase security came in the wake of terror threats in other parts of the world.
New Year fireworks and festivities in the Belgian capital Brussels, for instance, were cancelled, due to an alert over possible terrorist attack.
Additional measures were also put in place in big cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Ankara and Moscow.
In Nairobi, police said they would not cancel any event to celebrate New Year, but would intensify vigilance while seeking greater cooperation with the public to detect possible threats.
Police chiefs in major Kenyan towns told Xinhua they had also increased patrols to secure the public from any threat.
Joseph Boinnet, Inspector General of Police, warned the public to be on the lookout as reports emerged that Al-Shabaab was planning attacks during the festive season. Enditem