Drop in crime rate with security programme

DUBAI - The security programme implemented at the Qusais Police Station was found to be successful with crimes dropping by 45 per cent in the area, last year.



by

Amira Agarib

Published: Thu 16 Jun 2011, 11:56 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:35 AM

Major Arif Bu Shaqra, Director of the Qusais Police Station, said the security programme, Aglaha wa Twakel, implemented by the Dubai Police in coordination with the Ministry of Labour, DNRD, Dubai Municipality and the Anti Crime Department of the Dubai Police had led to the reduction in crimes.

He said that the police hold periodic meetings, visit companies to spread awareness on crimes and distribute brochures as part of the programme.

After the launch of the programme, the police arrested a 17-year-old boy who had specialised in stealing valuables from cars parked in residential areas in Qusais. On receiving three complaints of thefts from cars, the police set a trap and arrested the boy red handed while he was trying to steal glasses, laptops and mobiles from a car after breaking the window.

Bu Shaqra added that the boy targeted cars parked behind residential buildings. The police found that the boy sold the booty to his friend. The friend was also referred to the public prosecution for further selling the stolen items.

He said the police had also arrested a number of people involved in illegal collection of waste. Many were found to be violating laws and some of them were also involved in unresolved theft cases. The police also seized the vehicles used to transport the waste to be sold in neighbouring emirates.

Many housemaids who had escaped from their sponsors were also arrested. Citing one case, Bu Shaqra said the police patrol stopped one of them early morning after she escaped from her sponsor. She told the police that she had escaped due to mistreatment. However, the sponsor’s family was surprised as they had assumed that the maid was sleeping, Bu Shaqra added. He said the police had the right to stop any person as part of the security programme.

The programme also aims to control and reduce traffic accidents, and the death rate in accidents had reduced to 16 deaths in 2010, he said.

The programme also helped bring to book violators of residency laws. He pointed out that 209 infiltrators and 63 workers working with other sponsors were caught at construction sites.

He said that as part of the police victim care programme, the police also supports crime victims.

amira@khaleejtimes.com


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