Dubai Police arrest 25 beggars in first 5 days of Ramadan

Official says practice is linked to serious consequences 'such as thefts, robberies, exploitation of children, the sick, and people of determination'


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Published: Tue 28 Mar 2023, 2:40 PM

Last updated: Tue 28 Mar 2023, 11:00 PM

The Dubai Police have arrested 25 beggars, including 13 women, in the first five days of the holy month of Ramadan. The arrests were effected as part of the police’s anti-begging campaign.

Major-General Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, stated that the campaign has helped significantly reduce the number of beggars coming to Dubai annually. This is due to the “strict and decisive measures” taken against those apprehended, the officer said.

Maj-Gen Al Jallaf said begging is linked to serious consequences “such as thefts and robberies, and the exploitation of children, the sick, and people of determination for illegitimate gains”.

Al Jallaf emphasised that official entities, charities, and associations are available for individuals to seek financial assistance or obtain meals during the holy month. He reminded the public that begging is illegal and punishable under federal laws.

Colonel Ali Salem, director of the Infiltration Control Department, urged residents not to respond to beggars' pleas or show them any sympathy. He called on the public to report beggars “immediately through the call centre 901, or the ‘Police Eye’ service” on the police app

Colonel Ali Salem also warned the community against falling victim to fraudulent electronic messages from beggars through social media and email. He called on residents to report such messages through the e-Crime platform.


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