Dubai Police arrest beggar with AED40,000 in cash

Dubai Police arrest beggar with AED40,000 in cash

DUBAI: Dubai Police have arrested a beggar with AED40,000 in cash and more in Arab and other foreign currencies he had collected during the holy month of Ramadan.

Colonel Ahmed Al Adidi, Acting Director of Anti-infiltrators at the General Department of Criminal Investigation, said that the “Begging is a Wrong Concept of Compassion” campaign aims at enhancing community awareness, maintaining community security and stability, and capturing beggars in public places.

Col. Al Adidi explained that the campaign showed success in reducing the number of beggars annually, thanks to the strict procedures taken against violators and the efforts of the General Department of Criminal Investigation to eliminate illegal behaviour.

“There are official and charitable entities and authorities ready to help the needy, which we, at Dubai Police urge whomever in need of financial aid to turn to,” he added.

“There are people who attempt to justify their illegal behaviour with their financial desperation. However, that is illegal and punishable according to Federal Law No. 9 of 2018 on Anti-begging”, Col. Al Adidi stressed.

He also urged the public to report beggars to the toll-free number 901 or through the Police Eye service via Dubai Police App, and to report cyber-beggars and suspicious online activities on www.ecrime.ae.

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