It’s better to be safe than sorry. A little bit of vigilance and caution can help avoid crime, especially car thefts. Towing away a car requires much precision and planning by thieves but most valuables and cash taken away from cars can be avoided if residents are a bit careful.
Abu Dhabi police has tweeted the simple do’s and don’ts to all county residents to show constant vigilance and awareness when they withdraw and carry money in their car.
The police authorities have urged the residents to make sure that there are no strangers observing them while they withdraw cash.
Somebody may be following you all the way to the bank or the ATM machine and will be aware that you have money with you.
Once the thieves know that there is money to be stolen, they will try to stop you, making some silly excuse like, “your car is scratched or you have a flat tyre”. It’s best not to stop when such people come up to you as this is a simple way of deceiving.
If you fall prey to such deceivers, they will get you out of the car on the pretext of showing you the problem. Meanwhile, an accomplice of the thief will steal away you money as you step out of your car.
To avoid loss of cash, police has urged to conceal cash when you withdraw it, cautiously take it to your vehicle and keep it safely.
And, never ever leave the money behind in the car when you are out on an errand even for a few minutes.
Police urges residents to immediately call on 999 if you suspect somebody is following you. As a precautionary step, the authorities also say that women and senior residents should avoid withdrawing and carrying cash alone.
Cases of theft from cars were reported last year. One of the cases of multiple theft happened when a man targeted cars in Umm Al Quwain as people performed their prayers in the mosque. The suspect allegedly broke the triangle glass, and then opened the car door to steal valuable items. He was later arrested.
The year before owners of 21 vehicles reported missing valuables form their car. In one night in September of 2011, many residents in Abu Dhabi discovered their cars had been broken into and their valuables stolen.
It was reported that some 21 cars with broken window glasses were broken and many people lost their valuables.