Sharjah police alert people to pickpocketing and auto theft tricks

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Sharjah Police have launched an electronic awareness campaign called “Caution is a Duty” with the aim of educating the public on how to protect their property.
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Sharjah: Sharjah Police have shared guidelines for the public to protect themselves against tricks used by pickpockets as well as those used to steal items from cars.

Such a trick, called ‘spit and change’, is used by perpetrators who intentionally spit on the victim and then pretend to clean the victim’s robe, while using the other hand to steal valuables from the victim.

On Tuesday, Sharjah Police launched an electronic awareness campaign titled “ Caution is a Duty ” with the aim of educating the public on how to protect their property, as part of the ministry’s strategy. ‘Interior aimed at strengthening public safety and security.

The campaign highlights security measures and theft prevention measures. It sheds light on the various fraudulent methods – physical and electronic – used by thieves. Colonel Omar Sultan Bualzoud, director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said the “ Caution is a Duty ” campaign, which was launched electronically, aims to increase security awareness among all members of the society, alerting them not to fall prey to tricks criminals often resort to, such as spitting or sneezing on clothes or pretending to guide someone to an alleged problem with a vehicle, and any other deception.

Col Bualzoud stressed the need to be careful to lock vehicles properly and not to leave them open or to not let the engine idle even for a few minutes, not to park vehicles in dark places and out of view, and be careful not to leave valuables on display inside vehicles. If an item is stolen from a vehicle, police have urged the vehicle owner to avoid tampering with anything until police arrive.

Col Bualzoud also urged the public not to hesitate to report any suspicious activity they may notice when withdrawing money from a bank or ATM. They can call Sharjah Police on the free Najeed number 800151. Residents can also call the police operations room on 999 for emergencies and 901 for non-emergencies.

How to prevent theft:

Do not expose your valuables to strangers.

Don’t listen to someone claiming to guide you to something wrong with your vehicle.

Avoid displaying cash when withdrawing money from the bank or ATM from passers-by.

Avoid writing the PIN code on your credit or debit. Always keep these cards in a safe place.

Beware of anyone spitting or sneezing on your clothes.

Cash, bags or wallets should not be placed next to the driver’s seat in a vehicle. This can expose them to theft.

Avoid keeping cash or a wallet in the back pocket of your pants.

Immediately notify the police if you notice any suspicious activity.

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