United Arab Emirates

UAE: Police warn residents of tricks used by pickpockets, car thieves

Criminals kick their victims, spit on them to divert attention and flee with valuables

Sharjah police warn residents of theft and pickpocketing and urge people to “remain vigilant for those who spit or sneeze on your clothes”.

The authorities have launched an awareness campaign today, Sunday (October 24), that will continue for a month.

The Director of the Investigation Department explained various tricks used by the criminals to rob their victims.

They often kick their victims, spit on them, and while their attention is diverted, make away with their wallets and bags containing cash and other belongings.

The most common method employed by criminals these days, is posing as car sellers. They offer a price lower than market value to the car to lure prospective buyers. They often close the deal in a hurry and flee once they receive the cash without delivering the vehicle.

Campaign aims to educate the public about the methods of the perpetrators of crimes and how to deal with them.

Colonel Omar Sultan Abu Al-Zoud, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department at Sharjah Police, said that the campaign is being carried out in three languages: Arabic, English, and Urdu.

The campaign is organized in cooperation with competent authorities to educate the public about the dangers of these crimes that require caution and wisdom in dealing with them, especially as they are practised by criminals who continue to reinvent methods to inflict their victims.


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The campaign launched following a number of reports about the theft and pickpocketing crimes during the first half of this year.

The police intensified efforts and arrested a large number of thieves and pickpockets from various parts of the city.

Achieving safety and security require awareness-raising among community members about these crimes to stay vigilant and cautious.

Afkar Abdullah

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