Doha is installing security cameras in public places to boost security and safety

July 20, 2010
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Installing security cameras in Doha’s public places, including major shopping complexes, will boost security and safety, a Qatari official has said.

Brigadier Nasser Jabr Al Naimi, the head of the Capital Security Department, said that the camera-monitored public security system will cover arterial roads, prominent public spots and shopping centres.

The project was launched even though, based on statistics, the incidence of crime is on the decline in Qatar and the actual rate was not alarming, he said.

Qatar tops public safety rankings in the Middle East and holds the 16th rank globally.

The number of offenses has dropped from 4,677 in the first quarter of last year to 3,397 in the first three months of this year, Al Naimi said.

However, although the jurisdiction of the Capital Police is smaller than that of other public security departments in the country, more crimes (1,750 of a total of 4,677) were reported in Doha in the first quarter of last year.

Al Naimi attributed the figure to the much higher population density and to the location of most commercial establishments within the Doha jurisdiction, according to Qatari daily The Peninsula.

The official said that Qatar’s economic boom has caused a large influx of foreign workers and the presence of people from diverse nationalities and cultures in the country.

“The diversity of nationalities and cultures is a major challenge we face in combating and avoiding crimes,” he said, quoted by the daily.

Preventing people from behaving indecently in public was a good example of the numerous challenges confronting Qatar, Al Naimi said.

Public disturbances, indecent behaviour in public, fraud and begging were some of the common types of social crimes committed.

A common offense in Qatar today is domestic helpers letting people enter private properties to commit crimes, Al Naimi said.

Cases of bouncing cheques are also on the rise due to the financial crisis. “I think if we raise more awareness about the legal provisions against bouncing cheques such cases would come down,” he said.

Al Naimi said there had also been incidents of drinking-related violence.

         

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