By Vijaya Cherian
Dubai has often been viewed as a safe haven by people and it’s true that many of us foolishly leave the doors to our homes and cars open when we go out. But as the emirate has grown and begun to attract more money and tourists, the place has started to become more vulnerable to crime.
I|~||~||~|Dubai has often been viewed as a safe haven by people and it’s true that many of us foolishly leave the doors to our homes and cars open when we go out, and can still come back and find them untouched and intact. But as the emirate has grown and begun to attract more money and tourists, the place has also become more vulnerable to crime. Luckily, most expatriates have so far been deterred from crime because of Dubai’s strict deportation laws. However, the odd criminal will always slip in and this is what happened recently.
A German cameraman came to Dubai looking for a job, won the confidence of the production community by staying on for a month and doing the odd filming job, and then walked out with all their kit. What’s worse, because he’d pretended to rent their equipment and then run away with it, the victims didn’t even have a strong case to get the insurance companies to pay them for their equipment. Read the story here.
There are two things to learn from this incident; first, to be more vigilant when renting out equipment. More importantly, however, it is to mind the insurance companies here, who charge more than their counterparts in the UK and Europe and sometimes get away with not honouring a policy. While it’s important for the production sector, especially freelancers, to insure their equipment, it’s also time for us as a community to question the way insurance companies operate here and to push for more laws to protect us. Perhaps the first step in that direction would be to involve our lawyers as well when we draw up insurance policies so that we stand a better chance of being protected.