The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has revealed that compared to and unlike previous Ramadans, this year minor thefts have increased.
Deputy Head of the Police Department of Serious and Organised Crimes, Mohamed Dhaudh said last night that compared to previous years, major thefts have declined considerably.
“Minor thefts have increased. That is one thing we’ve noticed this year for sure. Currently snatching mobile phones and passes have become common. So far the only major theft that has come to our attention was from two stores near the harbor where thieves gained access to the shop by removing the roofing of the two shops. Drinks were stolen from one shop while around MVR200,000 was stolen from the other. With the help of forensic evidence the Police has now tracked down and recovered some of the money and those involved has also been arrested,” he said.
Dhaudh explained that during Ramadan the Police have noticed that thieves strike at two particular times that is during Iftar and dawn.
“Some leave the house for dawn prayers and do not lock their houses, and a group of people are taking advantage of this. We know that there are several people out there in our society freed under several programs and it is those on these circles that are committing minor crimes. Repeat offenders are the most common amongst those we apprehend,” Dhaudh explained.
Dhaudh revealed that motorcycle thefts have also increased recently and motorcycles from Male are being stolen and sent off to islands and that several stolen cycles have been recovered from Male and Addu.