Dubai Police arrest 796 beggars, 1287 street peddlers in first half of 2022
14 Sep 2022
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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Running under the slogan "Begging is a Wrong Concept of Compassion", the anti-begging campaign was launched by the General Department of Criminal Investigations at Dubai Police in cooperation with Dubai's police stations. It aims to reduce the number of beggars and street peddlers who exploit others' feelings and sympathy and ensure the highest levels of safety and security.
During the first half of 2022, Dubai Police received 11,974 reports by public members via the Police Eye service, including 414 reports related to beggary.
The 'Police Eye' service is a smart feature available on the Dubai Police App. It allows public members to report suspicious activities and submit security tips in total confidentiality. The service aims to maintain security and reduce crime by encouraging the public to report illegal activities and violations easily.
The user-friendly application allows people to attach videos, photos or voice messages and even pin the location of the incident when filing a report.
Dubai Police reminds the public that begging is illegal in the UAE as it poses a threat to public safety and security.
Dubai Police also reminds the public that official and charitable entities and authorities are ready to help the needy. The force also urges the public to report beggars to the toll-free number 901 or through the Police Eye service available on Dubai Police App and to report cyber-beggars and suspicious online activities on www.ecrime.ae