UAE | Crime

Dubai has low per capita crime rate, statistics show

Police official says increase of crimes due to construction boom in some areas.

  • By Wafa Issa, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 09:40 August 30, 2009

Dubai Crime Rate
  • Image Credit: Seyyed de la Llata/Gulf News

Dubai: Bur Dubai, Al Muraqqabat, Naif and Jebel Ali are the four most crime prone areas in Dubai as they have registered the highest level of crimes in 2008, Dubai Police statistics has revealed.

Crimes in these areas made up in total more than 75 per cent of the total number of crimes committed in the emirate last year.

Bur Dubai area registered 609 crimes, while Al Muraqqabat had 517 crimes, Jebel Ali 374 crimes and Naif had 292 crimes, according to Dubai Police statistics.

Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Bin Galita, Director of the Crime Prevention Department, Dubai Police, said the increase of crimes is due to the construction boom in some areas and high population density in other areas.

"The concentration of crimes in Bur Dubai is due to the construction boom which has occurred in recent years resulting in an increase in the area's population, while in Naif there is high concentration in the number of markets, money exchanges and hotels coupled with a high population density making the area more prone for crimes.

"However, the crime increase in Al Muraqqabat area does not have a logical explanation behind it," said Lt Col Bin Galita. Majority of the crimes committed in Dubai are what is termed 'simple crimes' such as bags and mobile phone thefts, car burglary and thefts carried out by beggars.

However, Dubai still has a low crime rate per capita and is a safe city, according to Dubai Police statistics.

"There are no organised crimes in Dubai and many of the crimes carried out in the emirate are not pre-planned and occur by coincidence," said Lt Col Bin Galita.

"The level of security in Dubai has reached more than 90 per cent," he added.

To prevent and reduce crimes Dubai Police created the Crime Prevention Department in December last year. "We have what we call a 'security stock market' which is a database on the nature and location of all the crimes in the emirate and it gives us an indication on which crimes are on the increase or decrease as well which areas are more crime prone than others," said Lt Col Bin Galita.

The department will concentrate on efforts to combat car theft and begging during Ramadan as they are the highest crime potential, according to findings.

Bounced cheque issue

More than Dh280 million is the total value of bad cheques reported to Dubai Police from the beginning of the year until July 31, according to latest statistics.

Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Bin Galita, Director of the Crime Prevention Department, Dubai Police, said that authorities take bounced cheque issues very seriously and are drawing up future plans to combat this phenomenon to ensure people get back their money.

"We try to settle bounced cheques cases, especially those with small amounts, amicably. But when the cases involves millions of dirhams our main priority is to protect the rights of the claimants," he said.

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Comments (4)

  1. Added 11:59 August 30, 2009

    Dubai is no doubt the place where i feel safest than any where else... thumbs up for Lt. colonel ahmad bin galita for his hard and dedicated work. its practically impossible to eliminate 100% crime rate, but keeping it to the lowest is really a big thing. my best wishes to the police dept. hope to see more efficient work from them in future. best of luck!

    Afaq, Dubai,, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:56 August 30, 2009

    I do agree with Dubai Police, and as i experienced, I must say that dubai is one of the safest place on earth for society.

    Salman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:54 August 30, 2009

    I do agree with Dubai Police, and as i experienced, I must say that dubai is one of the safest place on earth for society.

    Salman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:52 August 30, 2009

    I do agree with Dubai Police, and as i experienced, I must say that dubai is one of the safest place on earth for society.

    Salman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates