Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jas­mine Al Kut­tab

abu dhabi — The UAE has been ranked num­ber one coun­try in the world with the least amount of crimes re­lated to sex­ual as­sault and theft, while a whop­ping 98.6 per cent of the UAE’s res­i­dents feel a sense of safety and se­cu­rity even at night, an­nounced the Min­istry of In­te­rior on Tues­day.

The fig­ures were re­vealed at the Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil’s (FNC) head­quar­ters in the UAE Cap­i­tal.

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, said the UAE has been ranked first in the world with the low­est num­ber of crimes re­lated to theft and sex­ual as­sault, as well as the num­ber one coun­try in the world with the low­est num­ber of fire in­ci­dents, with 19 fires per ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple in 2017.

Sheikh Saif added that UAE came ahead of Japan in the low­est rank­ings of fire in­ci­dents, as Japan reached 36 per 100,000 peo­ple.

He also pointed out that the UAE has been ranked first in the world with the low­est num­ber of deaths due to fire in­ci­dents, reach­ing 0.040 per 100,000 peo­ple. “Un­for­tu­nately, there are some cases where lives can­not be saved, be­cause that is destiny, but we hope that we can im­prove the fig­ures, as this is one of the most cru­cial mat­ters to us.”

The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior added that the UAE was ranked fourth in the world for ‘alarm­ing’ crimes, which reached 0.7 per 100,000 peo­ple.

More­over, the UAE has been ranked sev­enth in the world for traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

“We as­pire to be the num­ber one na­tion with the low­est death rate re­sult­ing from traf­fic ac­ci­dents,” said Sheikh Saif.

He added that in 2017, the death rate re­lated to traf­fic in­ci­dents reached five per ev­ery 100,000

peo­ple, while in 2008 the rate reached 13.5 per 100,000 peo­ple.

“We as­pire to reach the ra­tio of three per 100,000 peo­ple in 2021,” added Sheikh Saif.

He also pointed out that the per­cent­age of UAE res­i­dents feel­ing safe and se­cure, even at night, was 98.6 per cent, mak­ing the UAE ranked sec­ond in the world af­ter Sin­ga­pore.

“And we as­pire to be ranked first in the world,” he added.

Sheikh Saif said that since the launch of the manda­tory Na­tional Ser­vice, crime rates among Emi­ratis also de­creased. The rates de­creased by 21 per cent from 2014, and dropped by 26 per cent among those who took part in the ser­vice.

More­over, in his re­sponse to a ques­tion from FNC mem­ber, Saeed Saleh Al Ru­maithi, on the “sup­port and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of prison grad­u­ates”, Sheikh Saif said that a whop­ping 47,333 in­mates ben­e­fited from the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes.

He said 551 in­mates ben­e­fit­ing from ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes, 8,750 ben­e­fited from re­li­gious pro­grammes, 8,714 ben­e­fited from cul­tural pro­gramme, 895 ben­e­fited from pro­fes­sional pro­grammes, 2,177 from so­cial pro­grammes, 25,977 in­mates ben­e­fited from sports pro­grammes, while 299 in­mates ben­e­fited from re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes for ad­dic­tion.

When it comes to the safety and se­cu­rity of mi­nors, Sheikh Saif told the Coun­cil that the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the UAE and in­ter­na­tional na­tions has al­ways been a key fac­tor.

“To­day, we co­op­er­ate and work with in­ter­na­tional coun­tries to ex­change such in­for­ma­tion.”

He pointed out that the Child Pro­tec­tion Cen­ter, which comes un­der the Child Pro­tec­tion Law, al­lows the UAE to ex­change crit­i­cal se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion with other na­tions. Sheikh Saif added that just re­cently, two for­eign teach­ers in pri­vate schools in the UAE, were ar­rested for their in­volve­ment in un­eth­i­cal crimes abroad.

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