Newspapers and flyers scattered at the gate of a villa. It is illegal to drop leaflets and flyers in homes, cars or buildings in Sharjah. Picture for illustrative purposes. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Be safe, be smart.

An empty home may attract unwarranted attention from burglars, but there are a few ways on how residents can continue to protect their home even when abroad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, together with Abu Dhabi Police, urged residents to take preventive measures in their homes during the summer holiday to prevent break-ins and thefts.

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Brig Gen Musallam Al Ameri, director of the Al Ain Police directorate, cautioned residents to lock all their doors properly, and to keep valuable items stored in a safe, secure box to protect them from theft and damage.

Police recently distributed the pamphlets at Yas Mall as part of its latest safety campaign called “Safe Travel”. 

On its official social networking sites, Abu Dhabi Police advised residents to inform neighbours, family or friends about their absence, and arrange to have newspapers and flyers removed from the doorsteps.

Rashid Ali Al Daheri, director of the Department of Citizens’ Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed that Emiratis should follow travel guidelines and advisories, and follow any updates published on the website www.mofa.gov.ae.

Al Daheri said that the citizens should register themselves and their families in the Twajudi service, which can be accessed on the ministry’s website or smart app, called UAEMOFA.

Travellers were also advised to check the validity of their passport, respect the laws of the host country, and cooperate with the authorities upon arrival at the country's airport.

In the event of an emergency while travelling, citizens are advised to contact the ministry on +971 800 44444.