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Security beef-up urged after child molestation

The Gardens residents losing sleep over inadequate security personnel in the community

  • By ANJANA KUMAR, STAFF REPORTER
  • Published: 21:31 October 31, 2012
  • XPRESS

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  • UNMANNED: The entrance to the apartment building in The Gardens where the 12-year-old girl was molested all photos/xpress/ANJANA KUMAR
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Dubai: The Gardens residents are calling for a security beef-up following the alleged molestation of a 12-year-old girl last Thursday.

An Indian family was in shock when their 12-year-old daughter claimed she was molested in front of their building.

According to the girl’s father, his daughter was sexually assaulted by a man when she went to dispose of garbage in front of the building.

The man — believed to be an Arab between 30 and 40 years old — is said to have asked the girl something in Arabic that she did not understand. He put his hand over her mouth, held her against the exit door and pulled down his pants.

“As far as I know there are only two security vehicles patrolling this area. How can you expect these guys to keep a check on all buildings at the same time? We have always been concerned about the lack of security in The Gardens. With the recent incident, I am now all the more worried,” said an Indian tenant.

Random checks of some of the buildings in The Gardens by XPRESS revealed that none had security personnel.

The main doors of most buildings opened into empty lobbies leading to the lifts. A drive around the area also revealed practically no security patrolling in the development.

A Lebanese tenant said: “Lack of security is a big issue here. I used to go jogging in the nearby park before, but I stopped after some workers would just stare at me in an awkward way. We are also not happy that some flats have been leased to companies that have put up many single men in one-bedroom flats. We have complained to Nakheel about this and are waiting for appropriate actions.”

Another Iraqi tenant living there for the last eight years said: “When we moved in here, there was a good security arrangement, but in the last two years security measures have gone down. Although I have never encountered an incident, I definitely would like security personnel in the building. My children go to the nearby park and play by themselves. After this incident I shall caution them or send my wife with them,” he said.

The Gardens, comprising 129 low-rise buildings and 3,828 apartments, is located next to Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta Mall.

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  1. Added 09:17 November 2, 2012

    It is hardly surprising that a development that is left totally without any kind of security on the grounds or in the buildings is going to suffer these sorts of incidents. It is the responsibiltiy of the developer to maintain safety for the families there but it seems they have no interest at all in this issue. Its s shame that they only concern themselves with profit, however this attitude could well backfire on them with people having second thoughts about living in a place where they are subjected to these kinds of risks.

    DW, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:42 November 1, 2012

    It is completely absurd and irresponsible by the developer for the Gardens to have no security points or barriers at the entrances of the compounds or inside the buildings. There are no developments in Dubai that are left open to such lack of basic safety. Residents are constantly intruded upon by vagrants and illegal hawkers and solictations of all kinds on a daly basis. Its about time something was done to bring some peace of mind to families living there.

    eve, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:31 November 1, 2012

    All this news must be alerting all the weirdos out there to try their luck at the Gardens. I live there, its not so bad. Take a few pics of the Greens, DIP, JVC, Dubailand. Its all a ghosttown at 10am on a Friday :)

    Bobby, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:24 November 1, 2012

    We too have lived in the Gardens since years now but the situation is getting from bad to worse. Earlier there used to be security guards seen often but now there is no sign. Recently there has be renovation work going on my building and these workers are in and out of the building. One of them asked my maid her telephone no. When the contractors from Nakheel themselves do this then what can you expect from outsiders. I have a young girl too and now i Have to worry about her going down to play, etc etc. There is a bachelor in my building who objects to anyone making noise but doesnt think twice about kissing his girlfriend in the lift. So sad when bachelors are given accommodation along with decen families....SOMEONE OUT THERE PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE GARDENS...

    Shaheen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:03 November 1, 2012

    How come Greens being such a big community does not have cameras installed...security cannot be in all the place!

    BOY, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:47 November 1, 2012

    I am also living with my family in Gardens. Every day we see unknown persons coming to deliver water from companies, advertisement cards being dropped by strangers infront of our appartments. I am really looking for a 24x7 security staff for Gardens Appartments.

    Akthar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:18 November 1, 2012

    I really wish Nakheel Management take some serious step to beef-up the security. We can see lot of strangers roaming around in the community since ours is a open community with no security gate or fencing. I also have a kid of 10 yrs and now making sure that the kid is always under our supervision even while playing outside. Hope the security problem is solved soon so we can live peacefully.

    Rajesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:02 November 1, 2012

    It is disappointing that the property management would look into the matter only after crimes, whey not prepare themselves in advance to avoid untoward incidences. LIKE JUST INSTALL 24X7 CCTV surveillance cameras besides manned security in the lobby, parks and in community leisure sitting areas such as Discovery Gardens, there should be safety and security measures. Hope the community property management will take everyone's advice seriously and take appropriate measure in the interest of all the residents and keep up the image of Dubai

    SYED J.HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:43 November 1, 2012

    This is a result of carelessness and so called cutting down expenses in addition to hiring incompetent management.

    Mohamed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:03 November 1, 2012

    Earlier, a security person was available for each building, which was then removed by Nakheel citing financial reasons Secondly lot of bachelors stay in shared apartments, even though the contract of Nakheel prohibits. Gardens as a beautiful community. Nakheel please pay heed to this issue and take proper measures.

    Sameer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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