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Traffic accidents dropped 88% in Dubai’s Jebel Ali area

Dubai - Crime reports also fell by 62.5 per cent.

By Hesham Salah

Published: Wed 17 Feb 2021, 4:41 PM

Last updated: Wed 17 Feb 2021, 4:46 PM

Fewer traffic accidents were recorded in Dubai’s Jebel Ali area last year, with reports dropping by 88 per cent from 2019 figures, the emirate’s police revealed on Wednesday.

Crime rate was also halved, compared with 2019 numbers. The Dubai Police said criminal reports filed in the area went down by 62.5 per cent, while 'unknown, worrying' crimes fell by 60.2 per cent.

Brig Dr Adel Al Suwaidi, director of Jebel Ali Police Station, hailed officers’ efforts in keeping peace and order in the community, despite the challenges that emerged from the pandemic situation.

“Working from home during the pandemic did not affect the police’s field work, maintaining security, and receiving reports,” he said. The force has also supported the Dubai Government’s efforts to cut paperwork and move services online.

The Jebel Ali Police station covers an area of 525sqkm, with workers making up 80 per cent of the community’s residents. When Covid hit and the national sterilisation programme was rolled out in 2020, the police stepped up efforts to secure the area, Brig Al Suwaidi said.

He added that the station is currently implementing a plan to manage areas where workers live, aiming to raise awareness about rules and regulations. The police have also been working with business owners to boost safety and security.

Earlier, Al Suwaidi revealed that 97 per cent of illegal, makeshift markets had been demolished in Jebel Ali in a drive lef by the Dubai Police, in cooperation with the Dubai Municipality.

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