Sharjah Police Beef up Security Filed on January 14, 2009

SHARJAH - Sharjah Police have tightened security measures to prevent crimes that could probably take place as a result of job losses in the wake of the ongoing global financial crisis.

Speaking on the sidelines of the annual ceremony organised by Sharjah Police to honour police officers and personnel, establishments and members of the media, Sharjah Police Chief Brig Humaid Al Hadidi said, “There are a large number of labour accommodations in Sharjah’s industrial areas and some of the people who have lost jobs could easily take to crimes such as thefts, or even attempt suicide.”

The officer said as a result of the financial crisis, there could be an increase in the number of people wanting or attempting to end their lives in the next six months.

With the recent coming to light of the dumping of cars in Dubai by scores of people who fled to their respective countries, the officer said that such a trend had not been reported in Sharjah so far. He added that police patrols were on alert near the airport. The names of people who owe money to the banks are listed in the system and they wouldn’t be able to leave the country until they settle their debts. Their names will remain in the system until the banks request removal of their names from the blacklist. Brig Al Hadidi said that in order to tackle such issues, police patrols have been increased and undercover policemen have been deployed. The patrols have been deployed in all residential areas in Sharjah to prevent burglaries and robberies.

The police have also distributed pamphlets to promote security consciousness among the people and ways to prevent being victims of crimes.

A large number of thefts were reported in commercial areas during the last three weeks and several suspects were arrested. Efforts were on to recover the stolen goods. The police urged the companies to ensure that the rights of the workers are respected and to make sure that the retrenched workers leave the country immediately after the cancellation of their visas.

Afkar Abdullah

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