Economic crimes in Dubai up in 2010

An intensifying police drive and stronger public awareness allowed Dubai to uncover more economic crimes last year, with the number of such reported cases rising to 502 from 461 in 2009, the Arabic language daily 'Al Bayan' said on Wednesday.

The anti-economic crime department at the general administration for criminal investigation said it seized 752 people in such crimes in 2010 compared with 731 in 2009.

“The increase in such cases is sue to an intensifying drive by the department, better awareness by the public and stronger efforts by our patrols,” the department’s director Major Salah Buseiba said.

He gave no details of those crime but said people in the UAE need to increase their banking security by relying more on internet banking. He also warned against an increase in credit card forgery.

“Workers at all shops and other marketing outlets should verify the credit card and its holder before conducting any transaction,” he said.

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