EP crime falls 40% in Ramadan

Updated 28 July 2013
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EP crime falls 40% in Ramadan

Crime has fallen by a staggering 40 percent in the Eastern Province since the start of Ramadan, according to a police official.
“The criminal cases observed in the first half of Ramadan fell by 40 percent compared to the previous month of Shaaban,” spokesman of the Eastern Police Lt. Col. Ziad Al-Raquaiti said in a statement.
Al-Raquaiti said physical attacks including quarrels and threats fell by 38 percent. He said this could be attributed to the spiritual mood prevalent in the country in Ramadan.
A similar drop in crime rates was also recorded in 2011 and 2012, he said. Police records show that crime in Ramadan fell by 37 percent compared to Shabaan in 2012. Physical attacks fell 26 percent, immorality incidents by 11 percent, liquor-related crimes by 10 percent and various other crimes by 16 percent.
The records also show that there was a 25 percent drop in crimes for the same period in 2011. Physical attacks fell by 32 percent, immorality crimes by 29 percent, drunkenness by 12 percent and various other crimes by 15 percent, the spokesman said.
Crimes currently being committed this month include beggary, mostly by undocumented foreigners. Al-Raquaiti said 62 beggars including 43 foreigners were arrested in the first half of Ramadan, including 37 women, 17 children and eight men.
Another major crime reported during the first week of Ramadan in the province was of a Saudi passport official attacked by a Gulf traveler while on duty at the Al-Ruqaei border crossing on the Saudi-Kuwait border.
The assailant was a Kuwaiti, who attacked the passport officer when he was asked to remove a plastic sticker on his wife’s identity document so that the officer could verify the identity of the woman.
The Kuwaiti passenger refused to comply with the demand and said that a woman officer should check his wife’s identity. In the dispute that followed, the Gulf man took out a knife and stabbed the officer in the thighs. The officer was rushed to hospital. The foreigner was arrested, Al-Raquaiti said.
He said the investigations showed that the incident was the result of a misunderstanding between the official and the passenger.


Saudi scouts in the US for world jamboree

Updated 22 July 2019
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Saudi scouts in the US for world jamboree

  • The 24th World Scout Jamboree runs from July 22 until August 2
  • 45,000 youths from more than 150 scout associations are participating

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Scouts Association will participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree under the theme “Unlock a New World” at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia, US.

The jamboree will run from July 22 until Aug. 2 with the participation of 45,000 young people representing more than 150 scout associations members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad, vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, said that the Kingdom’s delegation included more than 100 scouts and rover scouts between the ages of 14-17 and would include educational activities that promoted peace, intercultural understanding and life leadership skills.

He said that the jamboree slogan would also inspire scouts to become active citizens able to create a more sustainable world by identifying global issues such as climate change through activities including hiking and workshops so they could help themselves in a rapidly changing world.

The jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout Movement, which serves more than 51 million youth worldwide.