Police return Dh347.7 million to rightful owners

By Rajive Singh

SHARJAH 9 February 2018: People’s feeling of safety in Sharjah rose to 97 per cent in 2017 from 92 per cent in 2016, the emirate’s police chief revealed.

“Serious crimes also decreased by 45 per cent to 837 in 2017 from 1,511 in the previous year,” Major General Saif Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, told the second annual media forum of Sharjah Police, said Wam.

“We hope to deliver higher positive achievements in all security indexes in 2018,” he stated.

Statistics by Sharjah Police showed that response time to emergency cases also went down to 9.2 minutes in 2017 from 10.3 minutes in 2016.

A police reconciliation initiative between litigants managed to recover Dh347.7 million and handed them to owners.

The criminal laboratory unlocked the mysteries of 12,554 cases in 2017, an increase of 10.6 per cent over 2016 where 11,253 cases were solved.

With regards to fatalities caused by road accidents and general traffic accidents, the figures saw a drop of 20 per cent and 15 per cent respectively last year.

Customer and partner satisfaction reached 89.9 percent and 88.8 per cent respectively in 2017.

Last year, the Sharjah Police installed 30 smart radars on roads and 500 surveillance cameras on roads and public places in the emirate.