The UAE has been ranked as the safest country in the world, with 96.1 percent of the population having agreed that they feel safe to walk outside at night, according to the National Agenda Index 2018.
The Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the National Agenda Index 2018 was positive in all aspects concerning safety and security levels, wherein the UAE emerged winner in many categories.
The survey indicated that 96.1 percent of the people felt safe and secure in the country. Speaking during a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City, Lt. Gen. Tamim revealed that UAE stands first, and Singapore came second with 94 percent. The policies and strategies adopted in UAE were the reasons to make it the safest country in the world.
The Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Quality and Excellence, Maj. Gen. Dr. Abdul Quddus Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidly, mentioned that one of the reasons for some people not to feel safe while on the streets were because there were no lampposts or street signs identifying locations of police stations.
Maj. Gen. Al Obaidly said that the leaders in Dubai are committed to improve the feeling of safety among people. Despite the dip in safety across the world, the UAE has become a safety oasis, due to the various security initiatives and the projects being undertaken here, he pointed out.
The average response time to emergencies was another aspect, with the UAE standing second, following New York City, said Maj. Gen. Shaikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, the Commader-in-Chief, Ajman Police.
He said that the GPS in the response system of patrol cars enabled the officials to reach the scene of incidents and accidents at a faster pace.
The Federal Traffic Council Head, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Saif Al Zafein revealed that there is considerable reduction in the rate of road deaths with 3.83 deaths happening among 100,000 people in the UAE last year, in comparison to 4.53 deaths per 100,000 in 2017. All traffic campaigns are now unified across all the traffic departments in UAE.
Meanwhile, the Director General of Federal Criminal Police, Brig. Hamad Ajlan Al Amimi mentioned that the crime rate also reduced in the country, with UAE being the lowest in the number of kidnapping and murder cases.
While, not many may be aware, an app has been launched to report crimes or to make complaints. So far, more than 4000 cases by individuals through mobile phones. Currently, police station services are available on mobile phones too, Al Amimi said.