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CCTV cameras in Abu Dhabi subways

Women say they are reluctant to use underpasses at night as they don’t find them safe

  • By Anjana Sankar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 March 20, 2013
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: XPRESS/ AHMED KUTTY
  • KEEN EYES: Big Brother would soon be watching over city subways. Working women said the move will ease subway fears and built confidence among them
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Abu Dhabi: Security cameras will be installed in all subways in the city, Abu Dhabi Police said.

“We are working with authorities to ensure that all underpasses have CCTV cameras,” a police spokesperson told XPRESS.

“Abu Dhabi is a very safe city, but it is still wise to be vigilant when using the city’s underpasses. We advise all members of the public to trust their instincts and immediately report any suspicious activity or concerns to the police,” he said.

Several working women XPRESS spoke to said they are reluctant to use subways at night as they don’t find them safe. Instances of women being stalked by men are not uncommon.

Filipina Girlie Ciudad, 29, who works as a shop supervisor, said she thinks twice before using the subway on Muroor Road when she heads back home after a late night shift.

“There are invariably some people who’d follow you or just stare,” she said.

Meghna. N, a receptionist at a private company, said she took to her heels when two men approached her when she was alone in an underpass. “They were ahead of me. But when they realised I was alone, they turned back and started walking towards me. I got so terrified I ran out. After that incident I never use an underpass unless I am in a group,” said the mother of two from India.

Sales executive Shalini, 26, recounted a similar experience. “I could sense two men following me as I took a subway last week. It was not a comfortable feeling so I took out my cellphone and pretended to talk to a friend. It’s good to hear that they are planning to install CCTV cameras inside all subways. It will restore a lot of confidence among women.”

An Arab housewife said the CCTV cameras would act as a deterrent against crime.

Some women said they have become wary of underpasses after reading about the incidents of sexual assault of women in elevators.

‘Woman hunter’

An Egyptian man was recently convicted for assaulting women in buildings in Abu Dhabi. The 30-year-old-man who came to be known as a ‘woman hunter’ followed his victims into elevators, dragged them to building stairwells and raped them at knifepoint. The culprit was sentenced to 25 years in prison by the Abu Dhabi criminal court on March 11.

Following the shocking incident police have issued warnings cautioning women and children against using lifts alone at night.

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  1. Added 13:32 March 21, 2013

    It's a wonderful step. It should have been done before -- but it's better late than never. Please put more lights too. Well done Abu Dhabi Police and the Governament!

    Ali, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan

  2. Added 11:31 March 21, 2013

    It's a marvelous move by the Abu Dhabi Police for the security and safety of the public.

    Mohamed Saleem, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:15 March 21, 2013

    Very good move. Need similar system to be installed in public places, i.e. parks, internal roads etc. and all other Emirates too.

    Rohan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:14 March 21, 2013

    Having CCTV cameras installed is not enough to deter crminals. There should also be police personal on each sides of the underpass. The presence of these police is more important than the CCTV cameras. There are some people who are least bothered about the cameras. If they want to attack someone, they will.There is a saying -- prevention is better then cure. I appreciate the safety approach taken by the Abu Dhabi authorities to safeguard women. Bravo! India should learn from this.

    keenan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:09 March 21, 2013

    A few years ago, while passing through the underpass on Electra Street in front of the Sharjah Islamic Bank, my mother and sister where 'flashed' by a man lurking around in the underpass. It's really good to hear that CCTV cameras are being installed. The authorities should also install a PA system in the underpass so that they can sound a warning when any suspicious activity is noticed on the CCTV.

    T. Mathew, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:39 March 21, 2013

    Yes! Cameras make the uunderpass safer to cross. However, I want to raise an issue about leaking drain water in Al Khaidiya Area (between Mashreq Bank and Standard Chartered Bank). It's very filthy, dirty and smelly. There is an underground drain leakage. The muncipality needs to fix it. It's now there for years, with no reapairs. The mininmum requirement is to build a small skriting wall around the source of the drain to stop the dirty water flowing into the entrances.

    Ebrahim Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 08:56 March 21, 2013

    The "problems" happing at the underpass at Muroor Road has been reported to the police. After more than two years of waiting, finally CCTV cameras are going to be installed! However, I am not sure women still want to use it alone at night.

    JMKANDN, abu dhabi, Indonesia

  8. Added 08:03 March 21, 2013

    Whilst Abu Dhabi takes all safety and security measures, it is to be noted that that Sharjah Al Wadha -- the sub-way connecting Abu-Shagara near the Toyota showroom -- is in pitch dark inviting trouble. Trust the relevant authority will act fast. D.A. Daniel.

    Daniel, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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