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Dubai scores a perfect 10 in solving murder cases.

Summary: Clearance rate of serious crimes in last five years is 97.9%, say Dubai Police

The Dubai Police achieved a 97.9 per cent clearance rate of serious crimes in the emirate in the past five years, a top officer has said.

According to Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, all murder cases reported in the last five years have been solved. There was just one unsolved murder case, in which a newborn was found dead in a garbage bin. This too was cleared with the arrest of the baby's mother recently, Maj-Gen Al Mazeina said.

The police have put in place a "mechanism" to reduce the number of assault cases with swords and knives in the emirate, he said.

Vehicle thefts in Dubai fell by a whopping 80 per cent in the first six months of the current year as compared to the same period last year, another officer said.

Maj-Gen Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation, said a logistics support section was formed to assist the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe vehicle theft cases. About 30 cars were reported stolen in 2015, he said. "Most of the stolen cars were recovered before the thieves could smuggle them out of the country."

Some cases of car thefts were reported erroneously, he said. "Some residents left their cars in parking lots for long periods of time and the Dubai Municipality confiscated them. Not realising this, owners reported their cars stolen."

Reports of motorbikes being stolen are the new challenge for the police, said Maj-Gen Al Mansouri. "Many bikes don't have number plates, making it difficult for us to trace."

The police recorded 47 cases of theft of car number plates. Two suspects were arrested in connection with this, of whom one planned to use them in commission of crimes and the other, for racing.

The police also busted international gangs involved in robbery cases. In some cases, Maj-Gen Al Manouri said, the police managed to recover stolen money from abroad.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Aug 10, 2015
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