Watch where you selfie

Po­lice crack down on dare­devil self­ies from Dubai tow­ers

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

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

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