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Dubai one of safest places in world: Dhahi Filed on April 9, 2007

DUBAI — Dubai Police Chief Lt.-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim has said Dubai is one of the safest places in the world. The crime index in Dubai is one of the lowest and that the major crimes such as murder, kidnap, rape and physical assault represent 0.5 to 1 for each 100,000 population, compared to the world average of 6 to 8 for each 100,000.

His remarks came during a presentation at the 14th annual International Police Executives symposium which opened at Dubai Police headquarters yesterday.

According to him, the murder crimes in the year 2006 reached 1.4 for each 100,000 in Dubai, while the world average is 4 for each 100,000. The forced theft reached 13.6 for each 100,000 while the world average recorded more than 100 crimes for 100,000.

However, the traffic problem is one of the greatest security challenges currently facing Dubai, said the Police Chief but the accident rate is also on the decline. The death index for each 100,000 has declined from 38 in the 1970s to 28 in the eighties and 18 in the nineties, he said attributing to strict traffic safety rules in place and the implementation of the black points system in the emirate.

In his paper ‘Urbanisation and Security in Dubai’, Lt.-Gen. Dhahi reviewed the economic growth witnessed in Dubai, the principles of police work, Dubai Police vision and mission and the objective of the Dubai Police strategy.

He pointed out that the number of unidentified crimes in Dubai does not exceed 10 per cent and the police has successfully detected 90 per cent of its total crimes registered.

The Dubai Police have exerted more efforts to educate the staff and enhance the skills of manpower. Its literacy rate, which was 98 per cent in 1980s, rose to 100 per cent in 2006. The Dubai police has attracted educated staff where as the number of PhD holders reach 80.

Lt.-Gen. Dhahi noted that although we want to live in cities that are free from the threat of drugs, crime and terrorism, urbanisation can put a strain on local government. Social problems, like unemployment, housing, and income inequality, make some neighbourhoods vulnerable to drugs and crime. Indeed, in some major cities law and order has broken down to the extent there is a risk of ‘failing cities’. These dangerous neighbourhoods become even more vulnerable to poverty, drugs, violence and crime.

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in his speech, said community policing is the key to safer cities. “I urge you to take this opportunity to share good practices with colleagues from around the world in order to prevent crime in your neighbourhoods,” he said.

The symposium which ends on April 12 has attendance of a large spectrum of police commanders and experts from over 40 countries.

The conference will deal with the issue from seven varied angles which are as follows: Critical Security Situations, Urban Security, Security of Novel Urban Expansions, Violence and Urbanisation, Urbanised Crime, Security Services in Urban Areas.

Amira Agarib

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