Over 300 beggars arrested in Dubai crackdown

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Dubai Police say they've arrested 319 beggars across the emirate throughout Ramadan, with nine being detained over the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

Major General Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, said their annual anti-begging campaign aims to reduce public exploitation.

He explained that begging can be linked to thefts and robberies, the exploitation of children, the sick and people of determination, and that official entities, charities and associations are available for individuals to seek financial assistance.

Al Jallaf urged the public not to respond to beggars' pleas, show pity or sympathy for their appearance, and assist the police by reporting them through the call centre (901), or the Police Eye service available on the Dubai Police smart app. 

He also warned the community against falling victim to fraudulent electronic messages from beggars through social media and email. He advised the public to ignore and report such messages through the e-Crime platform.

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