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Revealed: How burglars target their next UAE victim


DUBAI – Don’t want to be a victim of thieves or burglars in the UAE? Then make sure you aren’t sending the signals that these criminals are looking for, according to police.

Sharjah Police recently revealed the various ways that professional thieves or burglars check and target their next victim.

Police said that about 37 percent of burglaries in the emirate were done when occupants were away from home.

How do burglars know you’re not at home? They leave flyers, bills or reading materials at your door.

If the items remain untouched for a few days, it means no one is home and it is a chance to rob the place.

Police said burglars monitor bills, flyers and other materials left at the doorstep of restaurants, shops and residences for any indication that no one is inside and they can break in.

Apart from cash and other luxury items being stolen, there have been reports of cars, bicycles and other vehicles also stolen by organized criminals.

Authorities urged home owners to be vigilant by reporting suspicious individuals to police and installing surveillance cameras.

In Dubai, police have launched the Smart Home Security app to allow residents to receive free home security while they are away. ICA/Expat Media

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