The Security Industry Regulatory Agency has classified the most common types of crimes committed against individuals in Dubai which are: theft, forced robbery, domestic burglary, fraud, sexual assault and abuse, criminal damages.
Nevertheless, these types of crimes should not frighten residents as authorities have recently announced that the rate of crimes have dropped by 15 per cent in Dubai during the last year. Dubai Police aim to increase the safety and security feelings among the public through more efforts to achieve the strategic target of making Dubai a happy and safe city.
Maj Gen Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for the Criminal Investigation Affairs of Dubai Police, said there was an 8.4 per cent increase in drug operations carried out by the Anti-Narcotic Department.
A total of 1,742 cases were recorded last year compared to 1,607 cases in 2016, with 2,553 drug suspects arrested in 2017, an increase from 2,121 in 2016. Residents can report crimes to Dubai Police by visiting the police website.
The Police App on smartphone is very useful for the safety of an individual in Dubai, in case of emergency one can contact the call centre on 901 or registering the complaint at any police station.
The App is available on both androids and iPhones, allowing users to attach videos, photos and voice messages when reporting crimes, and users have the option of keeping their identity anonymous.
The App can be used in six different languages, including Arabic, English, Chinese, French, German and Russian.
The App, can be used to get a number of different services now offered by police to ensure residents’ safety. The most relevant is the home security.
Through registering on the app’s home security section, the premises will be secure with police patrols, free of charge, until residents return from their holiday.
In Sharjah, the rate of serious crimes dropped by 45 per cent while the overall crime rate dropped by 7.37 per cent in 2017.
In 2017, Sharjah Police recorded a total of 12,633 crimes compared to 13,638 in 2016.
Sharjah Police said there was also an improvement in people’s attitudes, with 97 per cent of people reporting feeling safe in Sharjah last year, compared to 92 per cent in 2016.