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DUBAI – A total of 53 children left alone in vehicles were rescued in separate incidents in 2020, according to Dubai Police on Wednesday (February 24).
Lt. Col. Abdullah Bishwa, head of Dubai police’s land rescue department, blamed the children’s parents for “negligence”, saying they “underestimate the risk they are taking” by leaving their children behind to go for quick errands.
The official said that police rescued 14 children left in cars in Al Barsha, 11 in Bur Dubai and eight in Al Rashidiya, with 20 more rescued in other parts of Dubai.
“In some incidents, where we needed to smash the window, parents insisted we wait for them to get a spare key,” Lt. Col. Bishwa said.
This year, 12 incidents of children left alone in vehicles have already been reported to police.
Under the UAE law, parents who endanger their children’s lives face a fine of Dh1 million and a 10-year jail term. ICA/Expat Media
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