While many of us were on holiday over Eid, Dubai Police were working hard.
The force’s control centre received 34,402 phone calls during the Eid al Fitr holiday and recorded 876 traffic accidents during the week-long break. A total of 128 people were also arrested for begging, with one woman making AED 184,000 in just 17 days by asking for cash through social media sites.
Last year over the same holiday, cops dealt with almost 27,000 calls and more than 900 crashes.
Colonel Turki bin Fares, director of the Command and Control Centre of Dubai Police Operations Department, said that some traffic accidents were caused by tailgating and speeding.
He also urged people only to use 999 in emergencies. It was revealed in May that almost three-quarters of the calls made to the Dubai Police emergency number aren’t for urgent matters.
Police launched the ‘Don’t Keep their Lives on Hold’ initiative in a bid to educate 999 callers. Last year more than half-a-million calls were made to 999, while the non-urgent number, 901, took less than 550,000.
Dubai Police introduced the 901 service in October 2010 to take the pressure off the emergency line. But seems we still aren’t taking advantage of it, as more than 70 per cent of 999 calls didn’t warrant a blue light.
When should you call 901?
- Services available include requesting a traffic report or a copy of police documents, requests for permits, support for domestic violence and reporting human trafficking.
- The 901 call centre connects you with up to 32 services in three easy steps, including selecting your preferred language.