Dubai Police along with several key civic departments have announced a concerted effort to stamp out illegal beggars this Ramadan.
The Department of Criminal Investigation in Dubai announced a plan that sought the help of residents of the emirate as well to cope with what officials described as “seasonal begging. ”The police have divided and colour-coded neighborhoods and have also defined concentration of beggars in certain areas, their nationalities and their methods.
For the first time, the campaign involves cash prizes to those who report beggars in the emirate. The prize will be determined according to the degree of cooperation and the significance of the report,” said the director of the tourism security division, Colonel Mohammed Al Muhairi, who heads the campaign.
“The aim of this reward is to encourage the public to cooperate with the police and protect their emirate from this bad phenomenon.” “Beggars take advantage of Ramadan and go to mosques and markets to ask people for money. Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police also encouraged residents not to give money to children who beg as it saves them from exploitation.
“People who have limited resources or face difficult situations in the UAE can contact any of the authorised charity and humanitarian organisations, who will study their individual cases and offer them help in a legal and safe manner,” he noted.
“Many thieves take begging as a cover for their activities. They just knock at doors, pretending to be beggars. When no one answers, they rob the house. Other beggars resort to innovative ways to win the sympathy of people during Ramadan such as changing the features of their bodies so they will look as if they have a handicap,” he told the paper.
Sharjah Police also called on the public to display a sense of tolerance and maintain the sanctity of Ramadan.