Dubai Police arrest a gang of beggars using vehicles with neighbouring countries' plate numbers - GulfToday

Dubai Police arrest a gang of beggars using vehicles with neighbouring countries' plate numbers


A combo image shows arrested beggars with the vehicles they were using.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The Dubai Police have warned public members against beggars who take advantage of their sympathy and generosity in front of mosque entrances, clinics, hospitals, shops, and roads, urging them not to be deceived by their fabricated stories aimed at manipulating people to obtain material and non-material benefits. 

Major General Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigations, stated that Dubai Police continues its efforts to combat begging in collaboration with internal and external partners through the 'Begging is a Wrong Concept of Compassion' anti-begging campaign, which 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.

Al Jalaf underscored the deceptive tactics used by beggars to exploit people's emotions and earn money illegally.

He highlighted that Dubai Police have successfully arrested an Asian gang using vehicles with neighbouring countries' plate numbers. "They falsely introduce themselves as fellow citizens, accompanied by women and children, to manipulate the compassion of community members," he added.

Al Jallaf stressed the importance of not responding to beggars' pleas or dealing with them based on compassion and sympathy for their appearance. He encouraged the public to assist police by immediately reporting any beggars spotted through the call centre (901), Dubai Police's "Eye" platform via its smart app or the E-Crime service for reporting electronic crimes.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Ali Salem Al Shamsi, Director of the Suspects and Criminal Phenomena Department, explained that there are official entities, charitable organizations, and associations to which anyone in need can turn for financial assistance. He highlighted that some people justify their begging by claiming they need money, which is illegal and punishable under Federal Law No. 9 of 2018 concerning combating begging.

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