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Sharjah crimes drop; The Gulf Today feted for its role
By Lina Abdel Rahman February 04, 2018
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SHARJAH: As per the recent statistics by Sharjah Police, the year 2017 has witnessed a decline in crimes and accidents by 45 per cent and 14 per cent respectively. Sharjah is secure by 97 per cent, as compared to 92 per cent in the year 2016.

The statistics were announced during the annual media forum that was conducted by Sharjah Police, in the presence of Major General Seif Al Zarri Al Shamsi, Police in Chief of Sharjah Police, Brigadier Abdallah Mubarak Bin Amer, Deputy Police in Chief of Sharjah Police and Brigadier Mohamed Rashid Bayat, Director of police operations.

The forum was also attended by Brigadier Arif Al Shareef, Director of Human resources and supporting services, Brigadier Dr Ahmed Al Naoor, Deputy Director of the central operations and Colonel Arif Hassan Hudaib, Director of the Media and public relations.

At the forum, a number of newspapers were also honoured by the Sharjah police, for playing a pivotal role in creating awareness.
 
Some of the newspapers honoured were The Gulf Today, Al Khaleej, Kul Al Usra Magazine, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad and Al Bayan. The honour for The Gulf Today was presented to its reporter Lina Abdel Rahman.

Major General Seif Al Zarri Al Shamsi, Police in Chief of Sharjah Police said that Sharjah has witnessed a drastic decline in alarming crimes. He added that the sense of safety and security has increased in 2017, in comparison to 2016.

“We are hoping that in the year 2018, we will be able to face and overcome challenges. We are determined to accomplish our objectives. In Jan.2017, there were 12 death cases of various accidents, while in Jan.2018, there were just 5 death cases reported.
 
"The comforting figures are a result of the comprehensive plans of Sharjah Police that ensures that Sharjah is a safe emirate, and we are working as one team. Our main challenge in 2018 is to ensure that the UAE is one of the best countries that implements safety and security rules, and that we regularly monitor our performances to ensure we are moving in the right direction.

"This has helped us in attaining progress on the national agenda of ensuring safety and security for all. Further, We should not forget the media that plays a significant role in inculcating the importance of adhering to safety rules, in the minds of the members of a community.”

Listing out the number of accidents that occurred in the past two years, in Sharjah, Major Al Shamsi stated that the number of crimes have been reduced to 837 in 2017, as compared to 2016 that reported 1,1511 crimes.

“The fire accidents taking place worldwide, witnessed a 60 per cent decline in 2017. 2017 saw no more than four reported fire incidents, while 2016 had 10 cases. Premeditated killing crimes witnessed 71 per cent decline with 2 just reports in 2017, as compared to seven in 2016. Assualt and robbery crimes, too, have declined by 52 per cent in 2017, as compared to 2016. Further, criminal crimes declined by 7 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016 .

Gearing up to face various emergencies.

The time taken to respond to an emergency call was 9.2 in 2017 compared to 10.3 in 2016 and the decline is strongly attributed to the regular security campaigns that were launched based on a security study -- “my security comes from the security of my neighbour, be cautious to be safe”. Sharjah Police has assigned various police patrols whose main mission is to patrol residential areas and ensure their safety and eliminate any kind of negative phenomenon.

Drug combating cases

Major General Al Shamsi said, “In 2017 we have handled 767 drug cases which is a 7 per cent increase, compared to 712 cases in 2016. The number of seized drugs is 9.5 million capsules in 2017”.

Solving the mystery of crimes by the Forensic laboratory

The forensic laboratoty of Sharjah Police has solved 12,545 cases in 2017 which is a 10.6 per cent, as 2016 witnessed the accomplishment of 11,253 reports.

Traffic in Sharjah

The mortality rate resulting from road accidents witnessed a 20 per cent decline in 2017 compared to 2016. There were 132 death cases in 2016, while 2017 only witnessed 105 death cases.

The overall percentage of traffic accidents has also declined by 15 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016. The Run over accidents claimed the lives of many pedestrians and majority are Asains. Other kinds of accidents include car collisions and rollover accidents caused due to over speeding.

Failure to maintain adequate distance between moving cars and using the mobile phones while driving has also witnessed a 37 per cent decline. Failure to buckle seat belt violations declined by 20 per cent in 2017.

Listing the main factors that resulted in decreasing road accidents Major Al Shamsi noted that, the installation of 30 smart radars strongly contributed in lowering the rate of traffic accidents in various roads and highways that witnessed most of the traffic accidents in addition to deployment of police patrols on external routes in the emirate. Illegal pedestrian crossing have been placed with 10 safe pedestrian passages, three pedestrian bridges that are currently under construction, pedestrian tunnels and foot bridges, in addition to broadcasting 285 awareness campaigns on social media.

Major, further said “Our main goal is to ensure the safety of our clients and society members. We have 130 service centres in Sharjah and its affiliated emirates.
 
In 2017 we have converted a number of services into smart services.

Further, we have also launched a new services where motorists whose cars are to be confiscated by the police will have their cars parked at their homes during their confiscation period. However, the movements will be monitored by the police and are only allowed to be driven as far as 300 metres, in cases of emergencies, such as fire.”  

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