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Do we take lack of crime for granted?

Do we take lack of crime for granted?

As a famous UAE actress is robbed in Saudi, Kipp asks: Do we take the safety of our belongings in the UAE for granted?

September 13, 2010 2:48 by

Kipp doesn’t own a 150,000 dirham watch. We can’t afford one. And if we did own one, we’d probably keep it in the local bank vault. But having said that, if Kipp could afford to spend that much on a watch, we might be a bit less protective of it.

Either way we feel sorry for Emirati actress Maisa Moghrabi who, it’s been reported, has had a 150,000 dirham watch stolen while she was performing on stage in Saudi Arabia. On discovering the loss, she reportedly began “screaming and swearing at the security women and organizers” of the play. One of them yelled back, reminding her that she has a Filipina secretary who should have been responsible for the items.

Kipp can understand the raised voices – AED 150,000 is a fair chunk of money by anybody’s standards. So we’re not going to treat Moghrabi’s loss lightly. What we wonder is, what kind of precautions did she take? Was her Filipina employee supposed to be watching her belongings? Or did she have faith in the security (who she thinks let her down)?

Or, was she a victim of the “UAE mindset”?

Having lived here a few years, we’ve noticed it is all too easy to think nothing of seeing a car parked in the street with keys in the ignition, discovering friends keep their doors unlocked, or seeing people leave their belongings unguarded on the beach. Or any one of a hundred other actions that show confidence and trust in the safety of your person and your belongings. They are the result of the relative safety and security we enjoy in the UAE.

But they are also behaviours that make it easy for criminals to strike. We are lucky to live in a country of relatively low crime, but perhaps to keep it that way we should take greater care with our possessions. And when we go abroad, we should remember that not everywhere is like the UAE.

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  1. Miss Anne Thropic on September 14, 2010 6:43 am

    “One of them yelled back, reminding her that she has a Filipina secretary who should have been responsible for the items.”

    God forbid the actress take responsibility for her own expensive items. Since when was a secretary also the guard of jewellery?

  2. Andrew on September 14, 2010 10:33 am

    I’d say the opposite, I find I’m far more likely to have my stuff pinched here if I don’t keep a close eye on it.

    About 5 years ago I once walked away from a table at a shisha cafe, within 45 seconds I was back – and the phone was gone, almost certainly pocketed by one of the waiters. That’s just one small example of the amount of opportunity crime I’ve seen here, mainly consisting of thievery if the person thinks no-one will notice in time.

    That however seems to be endemic to most big cities no matter where you go in the world. Certainly I’ve never had anything lifted whilst living in small towns/cities in any country.

  3. Graciela R. on September 23, 2010 9:40 am

    First of all she is NOT emirati by origin or birth.

    She is moroccan who happened to marry a local man, therefore now has the emirate passport.

    Moroccans are infamous in arab lands for being…, well, best to not mention it here…

    but, anyways, her attitude n behavior are soo typical for someone who, practically, overnight gained money and fame.

    disgusting behavior, to say the least


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