UAE | Crime

Vandals target cars in night rampage

Hardly any valuables removed from 50 vehicles damaged near Dubai Grand Hotel in Al Qusais

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:59 January 22, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • Vineetha Panikulam shows the broken window of a car at Al Qusais Area

Dubai: Around 50 cars in Al Qusais were broken into but hardly any valuables were stolen in an overnight crime wave last week, police said.

Car owners woke up last Thursday to discover that the vehicles’ rear windows had been smashed overnight.

But virtually no items of value, such as sound systems, had been taken. Instead, paperwork and belongings in the cars had been left scattered about.

Police were already on the scene when some motorists showed up in the parking lots, not far from Dubai Grand Hotel in Al Qusais 1.

“Between 45 to 54 cars parked in various parts of the Al Qusais 1 area have been found vandalised, with their rear glass window broken, but the vehicle documents like registration or insurance papers were not stolen. Not even the car audio systems from any car were stolen. Documents kept in the vehicles were left scattered around,” an official from Al Qusais police station told Gulf News.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials have taken fingerprints and other evidence from the sites.

“I live near Dubai Grand Hotel in Al Qusais 1. When I was going to work on Thursday morning I was surprised to see a few policemen standing near my car. I was not aware of what was going on,” one victim said.

He added it seemed other victims reported the incidents to police.

“I was informed by police that my car was broken into and I was asked to follow to Al Qusais police station to take my statement. Other people who have their cars broken into were standing near their cars in the next building.

“Under my building, only my car was damaged and I saw also another car broken in the opposite building.”

A police source said that the same kind of damage was inflicted on every car involved.

“The rear window was broken in each car, the suspects unlocked the car from inside and got in the car after they unlocked it,” the police source said.

Another victim said nothing was taken from the car but “everything inside the car was left scattered on the seats.”

The victim confirmed the incident happened on Wednesday night. “We received a call from the CID on Monday who said they will contact all victims soon for more investigations,” said another victim.

One man said while he was about to go to work he saw two policemen beside his car taking finger prints. “Police explained to me that someone had broken into more than 52 cars in our area,” he said.

Police said the vehicles were parked under different buildings in Al Qusais 1. Many victims gathered last Thursday morning at Al Qusais police station.

Most of the victims in the Al Qusais vandalism incident said they did not lose valuables items left in their cars.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 17:43 January 23, 2013

    Even my car was damaged, the window near the driver seat. when I sat in my car I saw a huge floor block lying under the front passenger's seat. This incident happened in Sharjah Bu Daniq area.

    Guru, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:44 January 23, 2013

    Even I lost my new handbag with lots of things and the amount of Dh2,500 2 years back in Al Qusais near Sangeetha hotel parking area in the night from our car same way by removing the rear window. It happened, i left my handbag in the car and went to have dinner in Sangeetha hotel. After we returned we had a bump under our car and could not see what it was due to darkness. After we drove the car for some distance my daughter at the back seat she felt the air coming from outside and then we noticed that the rear window has been removed and my handbag was stolen. Then we realized the bump we had was our rear window which was removed and was thrown under our car. Maybe that was the first attempt and after that they might have been searching every car for some valuables like mine. We lodged the complaint with the authorities but i did not get my things back. Hope they are caught soon and are punished severely.

    Priyaa, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:58 January 23, 2013

    Same incident happened in Abu Dhabi Shabia a couple of months ago, quarter glass, small rear side window, of around 20 cars were broken. Authorities came and sent the affected car owners to Mussafah police station for reports, but they didn't take any fingerprints, etc.

    Ravi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:42 January 23, 2013

    My wife's car was broken in middle of the day, same area I suppose by the same vandals last year. Wish I had taken the case ahead with the police, may be this could have been avoided. I regret the decision made last year.

    jobby, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:56 January 23, 2013

    POLICE NIGHT PATROLS SHOULD BE INCREASED IN SOME AREAS OF AL QUSAIS & MUHAISNAH WHERE SUCH ACTS ARE HAPPENING.

    FAISAL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

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