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Police urge vigilance for summer safety

Dubai: Police have warned the public not to accept free rides from strangers in private cars as it could jeopardise their safety.

There were cases where drivers claimed they had lost money and ended up searching the passengers and stealing their money or other belongings, said Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

"People should refrain from taking free rides to protect their safety and avoid losing their possessions," Brig Al Mansouri said.

He urged the public to verify the identity of any person who claims he is a policeman to avoid being conned, and also to check the identity of people who enter their houses claiming to be maintenance workers.

Brig Al Mansouri discouraged people from carrying large amounts of cash when leaving banks and exchange houses and to coordinate with police if they need to, and to pay utmost attention when receiving cash and not leave it unattended in their cars.

Shoppers are also advised not to leave handbags and valuable items in shopping trolleys.

To ensure the safety of houses while away for the summer holiday, Colonel Salem Khalifa Al Rumaithi strongly recommended residents register with the House Security Programme before leaving, and install alarm systems in villas which are connected to the operations room of Dubai Police.

Signal to owners

"Do not leave valuables at home, but keep them in deposit boxes at banks or in secured safes at home, which should be hidden in places that are hard to find and secured to walls," he said.

There are new electronic security installations which send a warning signal to house owners on their mobiles phones, or send the signal to the operations room in case anything goes wrong at the villa, he said.

Col Al Rumaithi said apartment residents can also coordinate with landlords to install CCTV cameras in their apartment blocks to capture any suspect activities or persons.


To register for the Home Security Programme in Dubai visit the Dubai Police website or e-mail

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