Dubai Police launch crackdown on Ramadan beggars

Residents who report people begging for money will be rewarded, authorities say
Dubai Police launch crackdown on Ramadan beggars
A total of 264 people were arrested for begging during the first six months of 2012, said authorities.  
By Claire Valdini
Mon 16 Jul 2012 11:18 AM

Dubai residents that report
beggars to the police will be rewarded as part of a crackdown on the number of
people asking for money during Ramadan.

Over 60 police patrols will
take part in an emirate-wide campaign which will cover residential areas as
well as mosques, shopping malls, petrol stations and car parks, Dubai Police
said Sunday.

“We will try to evaluate the
cooperation of the public but have not decided on how to reward them yet, but
it will be something good,” Colonel Mohammed Rashid Al Muhairi, director of the
campaign said. 

“Beggars take advantage of
Ramadan and go to mosques and markets to ask people for money. We will
concentrate on these areas, as well as residential areas, where police patrols
will make their rounds especially during peak times,” he added. 

Those caught begging, an
illegal offence in the UAE, will be arrested and deported within two days. The
company responsible for providing a visa will also face penalties.

A total of 264 people were
arrested for begging during the first six months of 2012, said authorities.
 

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