MoI holds security awareness campaign

May 06, 2014 - 1:24:01 pm

DOHA: The Ministry of Interior's (MoI) South Security Community Police department held an awareness campaign to highlight safety and security issues.

The event named 'Harees', held Monday, spread awareness among commercial outlets like grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, retails shops and consumer co-operative stores with the jurisdiction of South Security department, the MoI said Tuesday .

South Security Community Policing Officer Lt. Colonel Arif Muhammad Abdul Rahman said, "The first stage of the campaign focused on commercial establishments. The second phase of the campaign is called 'Secure Your Vehicle', followed by 'Secure Your Home' and finally 'Secure Your School'."

Such events highlight the objectives of community policing and help build links with citizens and residents in the southern part of the country, he said.

During the campaign officials distributed pamphlets and stickers in Arabic, English and Urdu languages on security guidelines to prevent theft in shops. The stickers carried the logo 'Harees - Partnership is our way towards a safe community', hotline numbers and email of community policing.

The campaigners advised people to be alert and aware of safety issues. They told them to take necessary measures like installing surveillance cameras to ensure security of homes and shops.

Officials advised people to contact emergency numbers 999 or hotline 33417171 when in duress and also told them not to tamper with a crime scene.

A section of commercial outlets personnel expressed their satisfaction on the efficacy of the department's awareness drive and vowed to follow security guidelines, the MoI said. (QNA)