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Abu Dhabi crime rate drops 13% in 2013

Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution says cases fell to 74,036 from over 85,000 in 2012

Abu Dhabi crime rate drops 13% in 2013
Skyscrapers stand on the skyline viewed from the Central Market in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich sheikhdom that spent 36 billion Dirhams ($9.8 billion) bailing out its biggest developer in 2011, will probably reach for its checkbook again as property companies in the United Arab Emirates face a stalled market and deadlines to repay debt. (Credit: Bloomberg News)

The crime rate in Abu Dhabi dropped by 13.6 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to latest figures released by Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution.

Statistics indicated that cases examined by prosecutions in the emirate fell to 74,036 in 2013 from 85,685 in 2012.

It said the reduction was in part due to "massive awareness campaigns and stringent measures to tackle cases that could undermine security and stability", news agency WAM reported.

A breakdown of the information showed a decrease in cases related to possession and consumption of drugs by 19.3 percent, breach of trust cases by 17.3 percent, bounced cheques by 14.1 percent and rape by 7.2 percent.

The UAE Attorney General, Yousef Saeed Al Ibri, said that the marked decrease in the crime rate was a result of "relentless efforts made by the public prosecution within its commitment to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030".

He said a series of educational and awareness campaigns were conducted last year targeting wide spectrums of the local community.

"The public prosecution adopted a variety of strict measures within its strategy to handle cases that could pose threat to security and stability of the community," he said in comments published by WAM.

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shane 6 years ago

This is surprising!! With reported rape cases on the rise, drunk drivers every Thursdays, stolen cars a daily case and the list goes on...A drop in crime rate makes people wonder how the figures are made up...