SP: 94 beggars arrested in Sharjah since the beginning of Ramadan
April 20, 2022 / 10:03 PM
Sharjah 24: : Sharjah Police said Wednesday that it has arrested 94 beggars in Sharjah since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, as part of its ‘Begging is a crime ... and giving is a responsibility’ campaign that began before Ramadan to curb the menace of begging.
Lt. Col Jassim Mohammed bin Taliah, Head of the beggar control team at Sharjah Police, said that this campaign comes in implementation of the directives of the Ministry of Interior, and in continuation of the efforts of the Sharjah Police to curb these illegal practices, which are considered a crime punishable by law, are active in different seasons, and are concentrated near areas commercial and residential areas and around mosques.
He pointed out that the campaign resulted in the arrest of 94 beggars, including 65 men and 29 women, who were reported through the direct communication channels provided by Sharjah Police, through the 80040 and 901 numbers, as well as through the field campaigns of the control teams that patrol the roads of the emirate.
Lt. Col. Bin Taliah stated that most of those arrested entered the country on visit visas, and some are residents who take advantage of this holy month to make money and make quick profit, noting that once they were arrested, legal measures were taken against them.
Lt. Col. Bin Taliah stated that the campaign against begging continues and that the number of those arrested in 2020 and 2021 reached 1,409 and that more than AED500,000 was confiscated from beggars.
The head of the beggary control team called on members of the public to cooperate with the police in the event that any cases of beggary are detected and to report it immediately through the toll-free number (901) or (80040) of the Police Operations Room. He advised people’s donation be made through charitable societies and institutions officially approved by government agencies.