Gold chain snatchers and daylight robbers are haunting women, pedestrians and shop owners in residential pockets of Sharjah.
The latest crime occurred on Monday afternoon in front of a gold jeweller in the busy Rolla Square area. An expatriate women’s gold chain was snatched away in broad daylight while she walked down Rolla Street.
Sharjah Police have warned people to not exhibit valuables like ornaments or cash in public as there are many desperate people around, especially because unemployment has risen during the economic crisis.
“The number of house breaks, thefts from shops and petty crimes by distressed people are on the increase. We have also seen an increase in the number of theft in residential buildings, shops and even the public areas. We have deployed more officials and detectives to keep a watch on such criminals,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier media reports suggest a crime happens in Sharjah every 26 minutes, compared to a daily average of 60 crimes in 2008