Po­lice warn ve­hi­cle own­ers as car crimes rise in Shar­jah

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Afkar Ab­dul­lah

shar­jah — The Shar­jah Po­lice have con­firmed an in­crease in the num­ber of com­plaints about theft from cars dur­ing the last four months.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice of­fi­cer, Al Buhairah Po­lice Sta­tion re­ceived many com­plaints from mo­torists who lost their valu­ables from cars parked in Al Buhaira Corn­cihe, Al Ma­jaz and Al Nadah ar­eas. The po­lice at­trib­uted the rise in such thefts to the neg­li­gence of mo­torists.

De­spite con­tin­u­ous warn­ings from the po­lice, ve­hi­cle own­ers con­tinue to leave valu­ables and cash in­side the cars, which at­tracts thieves to break the car open and steal valu­able things. Most of the stolen items in­clude cash, lap­tops, smart­phones, watches, gold jew­elleries, wal­lets con­tain­ing credit cards and other items.

Ve­hi­cle own­ers some­times leave their cars un­locked near su­per­mar­kets, bak­eries, houses, pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties or iso­lated ar­eas unat­tended. Such neg­li­gence would pro­vide more op­por­tu­nity to thieves, said the of­fi­cer.

The of­fi­cer said the gangs mainly tar­get cars parked in Iso­lated, sandy and dark ar­eas and carry out their crimes dur­ing early hours.

Modus operandi

The thieves usu­ally break the tri­an­gu­lar glass on the car win­dow to open the doors of the car, said the of­fi­cer, adding that they search the car for what­ever valu­ables are left by the owner.

The of­fi­cer said they have re­ceived more than 20 com­plaints from cars own­ers, ei­ther about los­ing valu­ables from parked cars or thieves dam­ag­ing their cars.

The po­lice have in­ten­si­fied pa­trols in res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ar­eas of the city, re­sult­ing in ar­rest of many gangs who tar­geted parked ve­hi­cles.

Aware­ness cam­paign

Brig Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Shar­jah Po­lice, said that the po­lice are mak­ing great ef­forts to spread­ing pub­lic aware­ness through var­i­ous types of tra­di­tional and so­cial me­dia.

The lat­est cam­paign launched on Septem­ber 18 is aimed at ed­u­cat­ing the mo­torists and car own­ers to avoid leav­ing their cars with the en­gine on and to fol­low pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to pre­vent thefts. It will con­tinue to pro­vid­ing ad­vice and in­struc­tion to the pub­lic on meth­ods to pro­tect the valu­ables in their ve­hi­cles from theft.

He urged the pub­lic to con­trib­ute in en­hanc­ing the sense of se­cu­rity among mem­bers of the com­mu­nity by call­ing, 999, 901 or toll-free num­ber Na­jeed 800151 to re­port any crimes or any kind of ab­nor­mal or sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

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