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Crime rate on the rise in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh
January 21, 2017, 4:36 pm

Increased criminal activity has added to the woes of residents of Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, who were already beleaguered by badly maintained roads, overflowing sewage, lack of parking space and regular power outages. Jleeb Al Shuyoukh face, a suburb of Kuwait where a high concentration of Indian expatriates reside, has been in the news recently for the criminal activities that residents there have to deal with on a daily basis. The increased crime rate has prompted Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain to express his concern to Kuwaiti government officials, as well as during a meeting he recently held with the Governor of Farwaniya Sheikh Faisal Al-Humoud Al-Malik Al Sabah and heads of police stations under the governorate.

In just the past two weeks, several Indian nationals have been victims of small organised gangs who have been coordinating their attacks on individuals in an attempt to steal their valuables. Some of the attackers pose as police officials seeking identification before taking off with the victim’s wallet. Resistance to these attacks is met by violence and residents are increasingly feeling unsafe as a result. Most of the crimes have been occurring after 8 pm and targeting individuals. The spurt in crime over the last two weeks has also included physical attacks on a couple of Indians that have left residents in the locality feeling vulnerable and frightened. It needs to be pointed out that the attackers are not specifically targeting Indians, but that expatriates from other countries living in the area have also been victims of these criminals.

Crime rate in the area has always been high due to large number of expatriates living there as they are easy prey for robbers who are able to overpower their victims by force or coercion. Police have arrested several hundred wanted criminals including visa violators setting up check points to apprehend them. Recently they held a campaign to clean up the area of cars being parked in the residential areas and blocking traffic. The police confiscated several hundred number plates of cars creating further inconvenience to residents of the area.

With the number of residents in the area growing, the suburb is overstretched in terms of providing amenities to the local residents. The presence of a large number of unemployed youth from various communities, poor infrastructure, overcrowding and negligence from government authorities, only add to the woe of residents in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh.The Governor of Farwaniya assured the Indian ambassador that appropriate measure would be taken to ensure the safety and security of the Indian community and ensure that such incidents do not take place in future.

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skuriaks  Posted on : January 21, 2017 9:31 pm
The Governor's assurance that preventive measures will be taken is a relief to the residence. However, the government to look into the matter seriously what are basic causes for the increasing crime rate in this area. It is a neglected place, because of expatriates living area. It is ashamed that in Kuwait such an area havin no proper drainage system, bad roads having no maintenance after built(may be more than 20 Years).

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