‘Strange and negligent’
Police hit out after children left in cars
Seven children have been rescued from locked cars in the past week, Dubai Police have said, as they hit out at “negligent” parents who put their kids’ lives at risk.
Officers spoke out as it was revealed that they have been called to rescue 91 children so far this year. In many cases, parents left their children in the car as they went shopping.
Colonel Ahmad Burqaibah, Deputy Director of the Search and Rescue Department at Dubai Police, said: “Parents should never leave their children unattended in a car, even for a few minutes.
“Those few minutes might end the life of your child.”
Describing one incident, he said a mother answered her phone and forgot her twoyear-old son was in the back.
Burqaibah said: “She forgot her baby and left the car keys inside and entered the building.”
He said a passer-by spotted the child and called police, who broke into the car and extracted the child. He said: “We were holding the baby and searching for his mother when she came back and said that she didn’t notice she forgot her baby, because she was busy speaking with her friend on the phone. “It’s a strange incident of negligence.” He said that in most cases children are left inside with the keys and they then activate the central locking system. When the parent returns, they cannot open the doors.
The temperature inside a vehicle can almost double in a short space of time.
After one rescue in 2013, police said the temperature inside the vehicle was 77C – almost twice the 40C temperature that day.
In another incident, police rescued two girls, aged three and one, when their mother left them in the car in Dubai Media City. When she returned, she couldn’t get the door open.
Police also took a one-year-old baby boy to hospital after his father left him inside the car.