Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Police stations to open in Sharjah industrial sites to fight crime spots

Al Sajja, which is known for crimes involving workers, will get its first police station in the first half of this year.

SHARJAH // Police will open several stations in industrial areas this year to tackle cases of violence and bootlegging, a police chief announced yesterday.

Al Sajja, which is known for crimes involving workers, will get its first police station in the first half of this year, said Major General Humaid Mohammed al Hudaidi, the director general of Sharjah police.

"We face many cases of illegal alcohol trading in industrial area workers' accommodations, which tends to evoke many types of violent crimes," Mr al Hudaidi said. "The bootleggers form gangs and then they have fights with rival gangs, because they don't want the others to work in their areas."

Al Sajja has had several murder and bootlegging cases and the most recent involved the murder of a Pakistani man for which 17 Indians were convicted.

In a recent court hearing, Col Abdul Razaq al Asad, of Sharjah Police, told the emirate's appeals court that an absence of a police station in Al Sajja had slowed their arrival at a crime scene.

Mr al Hudaidi also said police were having trouble with drunken workers creating a nuisance for residents. He said at Christmas they had as many as 600 workers, who had been drinking alcohol, gathered together in industrial areas disturbing traffic. Gambling was also a growing threat in industrial areas and last Friday police arrested 130 people for the offence in Rolla.

Police patrols will also be increased this year to curb the trend of people breaking into shops and stealing electric cables, following the arrest of a number of gangs last year. "The people who commit such crimes of stealing electric cables are either absconders or illegal residents," Mr al Hudaidi said.

To combat crimes in which residents pose as police officers from the CID, Mr al Hudaidi explained that Sharjah Police officers now carry an identification card that is written in both Arabic and English.

 

ykakande@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National