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99 per cent feel crimerisk is low in Dubai

Amira Agarib / 11 July 2012

According to a survey conducted by the Dubai Police, 99 per cent of the residents feel that the risk of crime is low in the emirate.

It also showed that 98.6 per cent of the people thought the standard of police protection in Dubai is very high.

Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, announced the results of the survey, conducted by the Coordinating Committee of Research Centres and the Decision Making Support Centre at the UAE Ministry of Interior, on Wednesday.

The survey also revealed that 96 per cent feel safe while taking taxis at night and 90 per cent of the men feel safe walking the streets at night.

Regarding the police presence, 98 per cent said they could see the effort exerted by the police to prevent crime, while 98.6 said police patrols in the emirate are enough.

Asked about the behaviour of police personnel, 91.1 per cent said they are understanding, 86.9 said they are polite, 85.5 said there is no bias, 84.8 believe that the police are efficient and 77.3 said they are alert.

Lt-Gen Dhahi Khalfan said during a press conference that the Dubai Police are keen to provide permanent security and safety in the emirate through the latest methods and techniques that are compatible with international standards used to achieve excellence in all areas.

“These results reflect the ability of the Dubai Police in overcoming difficulties and facing challenges as per the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“Last year, there was a drop in serious crimes in Dubai and I have checked and reviewed all statistics and, for sure, there have been no serious crimes in Dubai and the crimes recorded are individual cases. There have been no organised crimes.”

Regarding youths who carry arms, he said the police have recorded a few cases of teenagers getting into fights in some popular areas. He also praised the efforts made by expert Emirati officers who have contributed to spreading a sense of security and safety in the emirate. The Dubai Police always seek to develop the skills of UAE nationals at all levels.

Dr Mohammed Murad Abdullah, Director of the Decision Making Support Centre at the Dubai Police and Chairman of the committee, said 2,050 respondents took part in the survey, 29.5 per cent of whom were women. While 67 per cent of the respondents were expatriates, 26 per cent were UAE nationals and seven per cent visitors.

It took six months with the collaboration of a number of university students from all emirates to complete.  The questionnaire included 22 questions divided into three sections.

Also present at the press conference were Lt-Col Abdul God Ibrahim bin Nassar, Director for Strategy and Performance Development of the Sharjah Police; and Major Abdullah Mohammed Saeed Al Kaabi, Director of the Decision Making Support Centre of the Abu Dhabi Police.

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