Expats in luxury Dubai homes warned to increase security after double murder

Published:  25 Jun at 6 PM
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Tagged: India, Dubai, UAE, Jobs
Expats in the UAE are concerned about their safety and security after dual murders in Dubai.

Dubai’s reputation as a safe haven for expats and their families has been one reason for its popularity with professionals deciding which job to take. However, as the coronavirus changes the way foreign residents live and severely affects those who’re losing even the most basic of unskilled jobs, expats even in gated communities are being urged to take care.

Last week, Dubai police reported an Indian couple had been found murdered in their Arabian Ranches villa. A Pakistani labourer had broken into the house looking for valuables to steal, stabbing the two occupants before running away. He was later arrested by police, but the murders brought home to wealthy expats in gated communities that even 24–hour security sometimes isn’t enough. It seems that Dubai’s reputation for safety and security is on the line, as other occupants of luxury homes are coming forward with their own stories of how they protect themselves and their belongings against robbery and violence.

One female expat living in Jumeirah Park told local media she never leaves any of her doors open, nor does she keep valuables in her home, adding times have changed. Another female expatriate said she’s obsessive about ensuring all her windows and doors are closed and locked before she goes to bed, adding she’s simply ensuring her life will be protected. Another expat in the same development has installed no less than eight CCTV cameras as well as motion and sound detectors in order to make it easier for police to trace any would-be thieves, and his walls are newly fenced with special mesh, making it extremely difficult for intruders to get into the house from the garden.

All foreigners in the region are now being advised to lock all windows and doors, install movement sensors and report broken street lights to the conurbation’s management. Spiked perimeter fences are now recommended, as is monitoring all possible entry points. Of course, keys should be kept safe as they’re easily duplicated and all valuables should be kept in a safe.
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