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Dubai Police save 177 children left locked in cars

Senior official says 40 children saved in the first three months of this year alone - report

Dubai Police save 177 children left locked in cars
Dubai police.

A Dubai Police senior official said a total of 177 children were found by officers locked in cars during the last 15 months.

In the first three months of this year, police saved 40 children who had been left by parents inside cars, according to a report in Gulf News.

Major Abdullah Ali Mohammad, Director of land rescue at the General Department of Transport and Rescue said in some of the cases, the children were saved “moments before they risked suffocation”, with the majority of the cases discovered in cars parked either in shopping malls or public parks.

Major Mohammad warned parents about leaving children alone in vehicles, event for a short period of time, as children can experience a panic attack that can stimulate a feeling of suffocation.

“We’ve stumbled on quite a few shocking cases. There was a case of a baby who had been left by his father in a car which was parked inside a dark garage. With the upcoming increase in temperature, such incidents can prove extremely dangerous and even fatal,” he said.

“They either enter the mall or park without making sure all their children are with them or they forget the car key inside the vehicle,” he added.

Major Mohammad said there have been cases where a child is accidentally locked inside the car.

“Cases where children are trapped in cars parked in a garage are particularly dangerous,” he said. “Children climb into an unlocked vehicle and close the door only to find out they cannot open it again. Sometimes hours go by before a parent realises their child is missing,” he added.

Major Mohammed said one-third of the cases (56) were found in Bur Dubai, with notable numbers also in Jebel Ali, Al Ghusais, Al Rifa’a, and Al Barsha.

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