(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Theft incidents in Dubai dropped significantly during the last year and no thefts were recorded in houses that had registered with the home security scheme, according to a top official at the Dubai Police.
Lt-Col Rashid Abdulrahman bin Dhabwi Al Falasi, director of the criminal and monitor control section of the Criminal Investigation Department at the Dubai Police, said there was a 20 per cent increase in registration to the home security programme in 2017 compared to 2016 and the theft in Dubai has dropped by 10 per cent last year.
Lt-Col Al Falasi said the next phase of the home security programme will be smart and the services are now available through the Dubai Police app. "The public can register for the service using the Dubai Police app - choose home security programme and register data, pinning the location map of the house. Following the data mobilisation, telecom operator du will contact the applicant to follow up the proceedings. People can update their dates of travel and their overseas contact details on the app. The free home security programme will be linked to the Dubai Police operations room and the patrols will monitor the house round the clock."
He stressed the owners should inform the police if anyone would be visiting the house, citing the incident that a gardener was caught by the patrol officials when he visited a house registered under the programme, while he had the permission of the owner to enter the house. He said the programme is one of the successful security plans implemented by the Dubai Police to reduce the number of thefts by making residents taking minor preventive measures.
Secure your home before travel Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said the home security campaign will use smart solutions, including artificial intelligence programmes to combat crime, contributing to achieve the Dubai Police strategy to make Dubai a safe and happy city. "Since its launch in 2001, the home security programme has contributed to reducing crime and theft at homes. The Dubai Police have now created smart solutions so that people can register easily and contribute to secure their homes during travel and enhance their sense of security, safety and tranquility."
General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for criminal investigation at the Dubai Police, said the programme's smart services are provided by du and TransGuard Group. "Both the companies have exerted efforts to support the police and enhance security in Dubai and they would provide comprehensive programmes with various options and packages to secure homes and preserve people's properties. People can join the programme and use their services for three or six months or one year," he said.
Ahmed Bu Rhaima, senior vice-president for government relations at du, praised the effective partnership of the Dubai Police in implementing the housing security programme, stressing that du will undertake three tasks during the next phase to implement the programme. "Du will offer cameras to those wishing to enrol in the programme at a reduced price. These cameras will be displayed at the company's showrooms and exhibitions. It will make available a variety of cameras and solutions within the homes to maintain security, in addition to organising awareness campaigns. It will also provide customer service to help people with the service and installation of surveillance cameras.
"These cameras can be connected according to user requests, either to self-monitor their home or to be linked to the Dubai Police operations room or with the du network. These cameras have sensors that will send messages in case of any movement within the house while owners are away. The service will be charged with a one-time instalment of Dh1,000."
Tim Mundel, chief security officer at Transguard Group, said they will provide innovative smart programmes and advanced solutions to make Dubai a smart, safe city. "The company has surveillance cameras, sensors and alarm system which can be installed at a cost of Dh649. The company will also provide security guards and safeguarding of valuable items as per request."
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