Video clip exposes fear of harassment

Updated 08 November 2013
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Video clip exposes fear of harassment

A video clip of a staged murder posted on social media networks has sparked a debate among residents in the Kingdom over whether or not to report such incidents.
The video clip shows two people carrying a corpse, dumping it on a road and fleeing.
Entitled “Handing over the corpse,” the video captures bystanders' reactions at the corpse being dumped. The video has created controversy, since many have said that they would be reluctant to report such incidents for fear of being questioned by authorities.
The video was filmed at locations frequented by youngsters, including Radeff Park in Taif. The body was covered in fake blood.
Bystanders' reactions were then recorded. Some were observed attempting to take down the vehicle's registration number, while others either fled the scene or took photographs.
Some social media users have expressed their reluctance to report such incidents for fear of being harassed or for fear of being responsible for an innocent individual going to jail.
Col. Fahad Al-Habdan, a spokesman for Qassim Police, tweeted his reservations on the methods adopted by the group to highlight such incidents.
“There have been instances when pedestrians walk away from an accident site where the victims are bleeding. Can someone be so cold-hearted as to turn away from a person in distress?” he wondered.
One citizen suggested that establishing a hotline would be helpful.
Legal adviser Khalid Abu Rashid said that a new policy stipulates that the identity of individuals reporting crimes should be kept confidential. He said police should protect those who report crimes and accidents and encourage citizens and residents to cooperate.
Ashraf Al-Saeed, a psychologist, said a “reporting” culture can be achieved through different means. “We should fight corruption and fraud through education.”
Al-Saeed said the role of family is no less important than that of schools.
Visual media also has an important role to play, he said. Fear, he said, springs from the need to be secure, which is natural, but can be dangerous when one is unnecessarily fearful.


King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud
Updated 22 April 2018
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King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

  • The king praised the Prince Abdul Aziz and the ministry for these 'outstanding achievements"
  • The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent

JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud for the security services’ work in bringing down the crime rate in the past year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a cable of gratitude on Sunday, King Salman said: “We have read your Highness’ cable ... regarding the positive results of the performance indicators of the Ministry of Interior’s security services for the period from June 25, 2017, to April 18, 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, which showed a significant improvement in the decline in crime rates in general.

“The rate of intentional homicide dropped by 6.5 percent, honor crimes dropped by 14.5 percent, thefts by 2 percent, and armed robberies by 10.5 percent.

“The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent, the number of fatalities decreased by 19.1 percent, and the number of casualties decreased by 15.9 percent.

“In the area of border security and combating drug trafficking, the performance in seizing smugglers rose by 7.1 percent, in controlling the borders and preventing infiltrations rose by 35.5 percent, and in arresting those who are convicted of illegal narcotics drug crimes by 34.95 percent.

“In tracking and arresting violators of residency and labor laws and border security, the measures currently adopted for joint security field campaigns (the 'A Nation without a Violator' campaign) resulted in seizing 987,007 violations to date.”

King Salman thanked the minister and everyone working in all the ministry’s sectors “for these outstanding achievements and successive accomplishments that reflect the efforts made and the steady improvement in performance levels, which led to a significant and obvious decline in crime rates and a rise in the level of safety.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable of gratitude to the interior minister for the positive results.

He thanked the prince for the excellent performance of the Interior Ministry’s security services which showed a significant reduction of crime in the fields of premeditated murder, honor, armed robbery, traffic, border security as well as Iqama, labor and border-crossing violators.