Source: Al Bawaba

On Wednesday, police in Sharjah have arrested two Arab nationals for stealing 1.8 million dirhams belonging to a company in which one of them worked, according to Khaleej Times.

It is alleged that the money was stolen from the apartment of one of their colleagues and belonged to revenue generated from sales.

One of the perpetrators used a duplicate key to enter the flat. The first suspect carried out the theft disguised as a woman in an abaya whilst the other waited outside.

The local police force was notified by the tenant of the apartment about a theft in the Al Taawun area.

The tenant told Sharjah Police that the thieves had broken into his apartment and fled with 1.8 million dirhams in cash.

When police rushed to the crime scene to collect evidence and fingerprints, they found that the door of the flat had been opened in a very professional way, leaving no evidence.

Sharjah Police identified both suspects within 24 hours and arrested one of them. Upon searching his car, they found 700,000 dirhams which the suspect had kept in a secret pocket, according to local media reports.

crime scene
Source: Al Arabiya

Throughout the police interrogation, the suspects told the Sharjah law enforcement that they still had part of the money, but the rest had been transferred to their home country.

Based on their confessions, the accused were referred to the public prosecution and are now awaiting trial.

Overall, crime rates in Sharjah have dropped in the past few years

In an interview with Gulf News last year, Sharjah's Police Chief, Brigadier Saif Mohammad Al Ziri Al Shamsi, highlighted a range of efforts that are being carried out by Sharjah Police to provide ongoing safety and security to its residents and enhance their quality of life.

sharjah crime infographics
Source: Gulf News

Brigadier Al Shamsi commented that Sharjah Police have drawn up extensive "plans for early crime prevention", including intense awareness campaigns to spread the culture of respecting the law.

He also said that patrolling had been intensified on roads and in crime-prone areas. The crime prevention programme has involved business owners, owners of residential buildings and residents.

The implementation of the programme was as part of directives issued by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who wants the police to do their utmost to prevent crimes, with the objective being the safety of society.