Sharjah cops say will 'steal' cars to teach lesson

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Police in the Gulf emirate of Sharjah said they will begin "stealing" vehicles as part of a new scheme to raise public awareness of car theft, it has been reported.

According to UAE newspaper Gulf Today, cops have allocated a ‘Watcher Team’, whose members will be deployed in key locations such as outside banks and pharmacies. When motorists leave their vehicles unattended, a member of the Watcher Team will then jump in and drive away.

The dismayed owner’s reaction is then caught on camera when they return to discover their car has disappeared. After s a few minutes, the vehicle is returned by the Watcher Team, who then explain to the motorist the importance of not leaving their car unattended and unlocked.

Sharjah Police said the initiative is designed to communicate the message that authorities cannot protect every car on the road, and that security is the responsibility of vehicles’ owners.

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Posted by: Khawar Nehal

I think this had to be done because there was a fine introduced in Dubai of AED 300 if you leave your car on with the keys inside.

Did Sharjah impose the fine first?

Posted by: Billy

What a waste of police time. This sounds like Candid Camera.... what a farce.If people can't even do the basic thing of locking their cars when they leave them then they deserve to have them stolen. I feel the police time would be better spent on real issues such as catching insane drivers and assisting people in real distress.

Posted by: Mark El Zorro

Be careful. Thievies may also learn some new tricks from the police.

Posted by: Glen

It is the job of police to prevent criminal activity and should not become engaged in a crime wasting excercise which will be a loudspeaker to would be cat thieves, "see how easy it is".

Sadly most cars left with their keys in are illegally parked disrupting law abiding motorists who are blocked by these inconsiderate violater.

The Police should get a recovery vehicle to do quick Tow Away Jobs to the Police Station at which time the offending motorist will be fined the appropriate sum as well as pay for the cost of towing and storing the vehicle.

This function could be privatised creating a business with an excellent income, thus contributing to Emiratisation.

Posted by: Abraham

Sharjah police must have too much free time on their hands.

Posted by: Ahmed

Abraham,

Thank you for your comment. Maybe the USA police should also use its free time to educate people on not shooting Mothers Day parade walkers.

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