Watch where you selfie
Police crack down on daredevil selfies from Dubai towers
Police are sweeping social media for pictures of daredevils posing for photographs at the top of skyscrapers, a senior officer has said.
General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Chief of Dubai Police for Criminal Investigations, was speaking after one young man was tracked down and cautioned.
He said the man, who he only described as European, shared a video of himself teetering on the edge of a building on Sheikh Zayed Road that had been shot with a selfie stick.
He was let off with a warning but Al Mansouri said those caught could face prosecution for endangering other people’s lives, given they could fall onto a pedestrian below.
Al Mansouri said climbers “target the towers of Dubai to become famous on social media” with such videos.
He said: “His videos and pictures went viral on the internet and social media, especially YouTube. “We told him that this is a dangerous act and it endangers his and others’ lives.
“He signed a document promising this would not be repeated. If he does this again then we can arrest him and launch a case against him.” Police have begun asking the owners of the towers and their security guards to inform officers if they come across people sneaking to the top floors. Al Mansouri said: “People are crazy for taking such a risk for a selfie, they don’t think that they’ll face death if something goes wrong.”
Meanwhile, police said they have not been alerted to a video that shows a man throwing an iPhone 7 from the viewing platform on the Burj Khalifa, which has gone viral in recent days.
The footage shows the filmmaker tossing the handset through a gap in the window, and trying to track it using a finder app.
Al Mansouri added: “These things always start with a joke but end in disaster.”
DIZZY HEIGHTS: This is one of the many pictures of daredevil antics shared on social media