Police in Sharjah has confirmed an increase in the number of complaints regarding theft from cars over the last four months.
According to a police officer, Al Buhairah Police Station received a number of complaints from motorists who have lost their valuables from cars parked in Al Buhaira Corncihe, Al Majaz and Al Nadah areas.
Authorities attributed the rise in such thefts to the negligence of motorists.
Even though there have been continuous warnings from the police, vehicle owners continue to leave valuables and cash inside the cars, which attracts criminals to break the car open and steal valuable things.
The stolen items reported include cash, laptops, smartphones, watches, gold jewellery, wallets containing credit cards and other items.
Vehicle owners are also known to sometimes leave their cars unlocked near supermarkets, bakeries, houses, public facilities or isolated areas unattended. Negligence such as this would provide more opportunity to thieves, said the police officer.
The officer also noted that the gangs mainly target cars parked in Isolated, sandy and dark areas and carry out their crimes during early hours.
The officer noted that the thieves usually break the triangular glass on the car window to open the doors of the car, adding that they search the car for whatever valuables are left by the owner.
The officer also said they have received more than 20 complaints from cars owners, either about losing valuables from parked cars or thieves damaging their cars.
Police have now intensified patrols in residential and commercial areas of the city, resulting in the arrest of many gangs who targeted parked vehicles.
Brig Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, stated that the police are making great efforts to spreading public awareness through various types of traditional and social media.
The latest campaign had launched on September 18 is aimed at educating motorists and car owners to avoid leaving their cars with the engine on and to also follow precautionary measures to prevent thefts.
The campaign will continue providing advice and instruction to the public on methods to protect the valuables in their vehicles from theft.
The officer urged the public to contribute in enhancing the sense of security among members of the community by calling, 999, 901 or to use the toll-free number Najeed 800151 to report any crimes or any kind of abnormal or suspicious behavior.
Tips to stay safe
- Do not leave your car unattended with the engine on
- Make sure that your car doors are locked before leaving it
- Don’t leave your valuables in the vehicle
- Have an alarm system installed
- Lock valuable items in safe places and avoid leaving them in the car
- Park cars in designated parking areas – public parking lots with lights