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Dubai: The Security Industry Regulatory Agency has categorised the top six crimes carried out in Dubai, with theft being the most common.

The main crimes committed against individuals are:

1. Theft

2. Forced robbery

3. Domestic burglary

4. Fraud

5. Sexual assault and abuse

6. Criminal damages

However, these types of crimes should not alarm residents as authorities have recently announced that the rate of crimes have dropped by 15 per cent in Dubai during the last year.

Maj Gen Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for the Criminal Investigation Affairs of Dubai Police, said there was a 8.4 per cent increase in drug operations carried out by the Anti-Narcotic Department.

A total of 1,742 cases were recorded last year compared to 1,607 cases in 2016, with 2,553 drug suspects arrested in 2017, an increase from 2,121 in 2016.

Residents can report crimes to Dubai Police by either visiting the police website, using the police app, contacting the call centre on 901 or registering the complaint at any police station. 

The Command and Control Room of Dubai Police at the headquarters in Dubai. Dubai Police aim to reduce the response time to emergency cases to within 15 minutes. PHOTO BY: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

In Sharjah, the rate of serious crimes dropped by 45 per cent while the overall crime rate dropped by 7.37 per cent in 2017.

In 2017, Sharjah Police recorded a total of 12,633 crimes compared to 13,638 in 2016. 

Sharjah Police said there was also an improvement in people’s attitudes, with 97 per cent of people reporting feeling safe in Sharjah last year, compared to 92 per cent in 2016.