Sharjah: Sharjah launched a joint operation to tackle illegal metals being received by scrap metal collectors in the emirate.
The Criminal Investigations Department at Sharjah Police is inspecting places that sell and trade scrap, and penalise violations. The campaign, in cooperation with the Department of Economic Development, Sharjah Civil Defence and the Department of Electronic Services and Communications in Sharjah Police, aims to to enhance security and safety.
Brigadier Ibrahim Musabeh Al Ajel, Director of Criminal Investigations Department at Sharjah Police, said: “Through a joint working team, the specialised cadres have toured the shops selling and trading scrap. They inspected prevention and safety procedures, monitoring and catching violations, and raising awareness.”
As many as 400 scrap shops in industrial areas were covered during the first month of the campaign’s launch.
Brigadier Al Ajel pointed out that the specialised teams checked the records of buying and selling, identifying their contents and sources, in addition to monitoring security and economic violations, and violations related to security and safety procedures. The teams also checked surveillance cameras and lighting in some areas.
He called on the public to cooperate with the authorities in achieving community safety, and to report any negative behaviour through the Department’s hotline number 80040, or 901 for non-emergency reports.