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44 beggars held in Al Ain during Ramadan.

Official calls up on citizens and residents to be socially responsible and contribute to the endeavours undertaken by the police by reporting beggars who crowd markets or in front of houses.

The police arrested 44 beggars with of wads of cash from Al Ain during Ramadan, according to Brigadier Hamad Ajlan Al Amimi, Director of Al Ain Police Directorate. He said the detained beggars resorted to different means to entreat money, such as selling copies of the holy Quran and prayer brochures, and requesting alms from pedestrians and motorists by showing fake medical reports to exploit their sympathy.

Brigadier Al Amimi called up on citizens and residents to be socially responsible and contribute to the endeavours undertaken by the police by reporting beggars who crowd markets or in front of houses. The public can call the operations room on 999, via the Aman service on 8002626 which receives information confidentially, or via text on 2828.

"Begging is a serious problem that affects several communities; it also poses a security, social and cultural threat as some beggars commit crimes such as robberies, fraud and moral crimes under the garb of begging," he said. Brigadier Al Amimi noted that the police are on the lookout for beggars to curb this uncivilised practice.

"Police teams have been deployed across the city to monitor markets, residential areas and mosques. These measures complement the security awareness campaign undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Police through the "Together ... against begging" initiative to educate community members and warn them against beggars so that they contribute to the efforts to stamp out this objectionable practice.

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Date:Aug 2, 2014
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