Beware of car theft.

geo24
By geo24

Hi,

I'm writing the following just warn all QL readers to be careful with their belongings, especially NOT TO LEAVE ANYTHING of value inside the car. My laptop and my wife's bag were stolen on 09.12.2010, from my car, at The Center Mall (Megamart), at 14:30 in the afternoon. The car was parked inside the mall's parking lot. So I never believed that I will be robbed in Qatar, however it happened.
Don't let this happen to you too.
In the unfortunate case that it does happen to you, and if the car was not broken in, go to Capital Police, located on B Ring road, as you are coming from Toyota Signal, towards Corniche, one signal before the Sword street
(Grand Hamad), turn right. It is a arabic style building.
Do not touch anything in the car or outside, they will take fingerprints from it.

Be safe,

Geo

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By logovillas• 10 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
logovillas

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By parksbrian• 10 years 11 months ago.
parksbrian

I agree with you qeo24!Next time be very careful and never leave your unattended things.Specially always locked your car.

By Victoria5518• 11 years 8 months ago.
Victoria5518

LOL - jack! why like this yanni...sign og old age :p

cheers

By kanadev• 11 years 8 months ago.
kanadev

I agree with you 100%

By touchmate• 11 years 9 months ago.
touchmate

I don't agree with Xena who says burglers are low waged labours, becasue i believe these theives are professional robbers, poor labours can't get courrage to do such things also they don't get time to do it especiallty in the day time. Rgds, Tochmate

By anonymous• 11 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

These things happen when we relax.

Still, Doha is by far, one of the safest places in the world.

I was telling my wife the other day that we should be a little bit careful about all the stuff that we leave inside our vehicles, especially since we came from a very dangerous country.

You've gotta love this place! :)

By anonymous• 11 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

Laptop stolen from my car yesterday morning in Doha International Airport Parking. Car was locked.

Please CAREFULL from your things.

By sarrabdabdin• 11 years 9 months ago.
sarrabdabdin

comparing to other country allover the world qatar is a free crime zone thus we should thunk god for being living in doha in other coutry they may stole your teeth if you smile

just take care of your things werever you go close your car your hand bag your wallet .... dont trust any body and nothing will happen to you like nothing happened to me 8 year ago

don,t set the fire than ask from where the smoke is coming?

accept my advice

By iemaeema• 11 years 9 months ago.
iemaeema

if you CAREFULLY read through my posts here, you will figure out that, I'm on your side. USE ur eyes and brain, please.

By jdylan• 11 years 9 months ago.
jdylan

>>>iemaeema said Come on, guys... ...

2022 is coming, don't talk about these negative stuff in Qatar, in my opinion, this is paradise, everything is perfect, and the city is full of nice people.>>>

Wow, what drugs are you taking, iemaeema? You think Qatar is a Paradise? Everything is perfect? Nice people? Yowza. Does the Emir pay you to post such comments on QL? You should ask some of the laborers who aren't allowed in the malls on their one day off, being paid close to nothing, if this place is "paradise". Have you ever been anywhere else? Just curious. You should consider checking yourself into a psych ward, however.

By jdylan• 11 years 9 months ago.
jdylan

Why do you think that wouldn't happen in Qatar? Some of the biggest thieves I know live in Qatar. They bring in workers from other countries on a minimum wage contract, then when they arrive, they take their passport and make them sign a "new" contract for much less than what was agreed on. If they don't sign it, they are sent back home, already in debt because they had to borrow money to go to Qatar. And the bosses know this.

I see many companies not pay their workers for months and months until the workers simply quit and go home, unable to find any help from the government. (They might burn the buildings, as has happened before!)

I've heard story after story about the maids being turned into slaves, not being paid as agreed, being raped, even killed...

And on the workers side, the people pay them a barely liveable wage in a very expensive country, then expect them NOT to steal to survive? What do YOU think would happen? A guy gets paid $200 a month, and he sees $1500 laptop sitting in a car...

So don't say something stupid like you are shocked, SHOCKED! that something like that could happen in Qatar. Everything happens in Qatar, you're just looking in the wrong places.

By anonymous• 11 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
anonymous

Here are the lessons I've learned based on this post and the comments:

1. Don't leave your valuables.

2. Don't forget to lock the car.

3. Do not rely on the police.

4. There's only one person in Qatar who thinks Qatar is very safe. Yes, there is a certain someone.

5. There can be very rude neighbors who would scatter garbage, flatten your tires, break your side mirror, and even smash your car just because of a tiny millimeter of your tire touching their 'territory' on the parking lot. Sadly, this is reality. My housemates have been victims of such bullying. Thank God those Arab neighbors left.

By omershah• 11 years 9 months ago.
omershah

after reading this post i remember the time about 1 and a half year a go when in madinat khalifa south area, not valuables not even the rims or spare tires, but my whole car was not there when i got back home late night, as i went out with my friend in his car....

after 7 months police called me to check one car which was parked in open area somewhere near to wukair, and it was mine with just body left over there :(

By iemaeema• 11 years 9 months ago.
iemaeema

nice!

By Xena• 11 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Xena

You clearly know nothing about me... actually I live in company apartments in al mansoura - not a five star area - where my car is parked down stairs and got hit by a neighbor because he didn't like me to park near his house....

best you stop assuming things about QLer's you don't know - I have been here 5 years and am far more aware of what goes on in this country....

Rude pratt!!!

By just201025• 11 years 9 months ago.
just201025

really confuse & unhappy to read all these comments :(

By anonymous• 11 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

kumaran_63 why do you constantly reference yourself as 'We'?

By iemaeema• 11 years 9 months ago.
iemaeema

Thank you for your kind words. I'm sorry for being kind of aggressive for previous post.

In the first month I came to Doha, I saw some PEOPLE here in a 5-star hotel, and they were drinking beer. Then, I told myself that, anything that happens elsewhere can happen here. Nothing is impossible.

That's the logic, on which I gave my comments above. Does it make sense?!

Thank you

By kumaran_63• 11 years 9 months ago.
kumaran_63

Lemaeema,

As Xena says once it was crime free country.Here this QL forum helps lot of people by sharing experience's.And we had been here from ASIAD games period itself. This thread gives an information to all QLr's to create awareness to don't keep valuable things inside the car while parking.Here no body discuss about stupidity. We hope that you may understand ,now ,why this bitter experience was posted here by our beloved victim.

Xie xie for understanding.

By londonalgiers• 11 years 9 months ago.
londonalgiers

Terrible what happened here. But I disagree when you say that the police do not do anything about it. I know for a fact that they take these things seriously and a lot of theft items are actually recovered but their owners never show up, in fast it's statements like these that make people not report a crime however small it is.

I saw a room full of recovered items at the police: Mobile phones, Jewelery. Obvisouly nothing with a victim's identity.

I also disagree with the notion that people steal because they are poor or have no jobs. I'm sure some will do if they are desperate but a thief is a thief because they are sick and actually, that's my personal opinion they should be treated for kleptomania.

By jpa• 11 years 9 months ago.
jpa

Aside from "she knows",

one of the reasons I keep on logging in QL is to get real time information.

TFS geo.

By mjamille28• 11 years 9 months ago.
mjamille28

lesson learned: never leave valuables inside your car...

By walidbhuiyan• 11 years 9 months ago.
walidbhuiyan

I don;t believe it, is it possible in Qatar???????

Thanks for share.

By iemaeema• 11 years 9 months ago.
iemaeema

maybe,there is one thing you've forgot, which is, you've been living in a nice villa in this 5-year.

By snessy• 11 years 9 months ago.
snessy

Yes, posting here on QL will be effective! How else will the residents of Qatar find out about these crimes? Unfortunately the media in Qatar does not publish anything that puts Qatar in a negative light as if these crimes are not happening around us. Brushing this under the carpet just like all the other crimes once again!

By Xena• 11 years 9 months ago.
Xena

been here 5-years - and yes, it basically was a crime free city....

What are you rambling on about?

1) Do you think this will be a part of effective feedback controls?

2) Who told you people Doha is a crime free zone?

3) Don't you know......??? You figure out what more I can say here

By iemaeema• 11 years 9 months ago.
iemaeema

I've been here working for one year, and I have 10-month driving experience in Doha city. You think I'm stupid??? This is not the first post reporting such kind of crime in Doha, for me, this might be the third time I saw this kind of post, and there will be more, I'm sure. But the questions are:

1) Do you think this will be a part of effective feedback controls?

2) Who told you people Doha is a crime free zone?

3) Don't you know......??? You figure out what more I can say here

By Xena• 11 years 9 months ago.
Xena

2022 is going to make everything worse...

There are going to be many more staff/labourers coming, which is going to lead to unhappiness due to bad salaries or bad treatment, which leads to people absconding from their work - which leads to poverty - which leads to desperation and that intern leads to thief....

Wake up and smell the coffee - as nice as the 2022 bid is going to be for Qatar - its going to be its downfall too....

By snessy• 11 years 9 months ago.
snessy

iemaeema: I'm not sure if your post is sarcastic or not, but burying your head in the sand (no pun intended) isn't going to make these crimes go away...you have to accept these things happen and need to find ways to prevent it.

By iemaeema• 11 years 9 months ago.
iemaeema

2022 is coming, don't talk about these negative stuff in Qatar, in my opinion, this is paradise, everything is perfect, and the city is full of nice people.

By Saud Siddiqi• 11 years 9 months ago.
Saud Siddiqi

My car Spare wheel also stolen back side of Bank Street from parking lot.

i cant belive this could happen although my car was lock but some how it was stolen.

By anonymous• 11 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

Yep... me too getting forgetful nowadays... the other day I forgot my date in the car.... overnight :(

OK OK... guys... I am talking about the date that grows on trees

By happygolucky• 11 years 9 months ago.
happygolucky

Thanks for brininging it up... have been a bit casual of late ...

By baldrick2dogs• 11 years 9 months ago.
baldrick2dogs

Too many unemployed here. Couple that with owners being daft enough to leave valuable on show gives a perfect recipe for crime.

By stealth• 11 years 9 months ago.
stealth

could you all please specify the locations that this has happened. It seems to be an area between Ramada and Aziziya that this is common

By Xena• 11 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Xena

the safe haven anymore as it once was.... and with all the people that will start to enter now because of the bid, its going to get less safe....

Damn.... loved being able to leave my car open and running at the supermarket....

By Oryx• 11 years 9 months ago.
Oryx

i think up in azziziya near garveys :(

By JASSIMQATAR• 11 years 9 months ago.
JASSIMQATAR

its happend with me also i thay toke my bage from my car last year there was salaries of my office staff till now i did not find any think

By anonymous• 11 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

no alarm in your car? common ;)

By Apple• 11 years 9 months ago.
Apple

oryx- which area was that? mine also yesterday morning.

By Oryx• 11 years 9 months ago.
Oryx

My friend had her black berry stolen out of her car yesterday morning. :(

By Apple• 11 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Apple

I am also a victim last 10th Dec. early morning around 12:30-2am, my car was park at AL-Mannai Showroom near to Starbucks, me and hubby were having a coffee at Starbucks within that period, The burglar smashed the glass window and there was another victim, also the car's window was broken and they took his laptop and other valuable things.

By jenim3105• 11 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
jenim3105

same thing happened to me last month in front of new world center. we did the same process as u said.but this all will be in vein .whatever u lost is lost .dont hope that you will be getting it back.because qatar police will not do anything rarther than just filing case.we didnot get even a single call until now regarding our case

By dota• 11 years 10 months ago.
dota

Did u check the mall management if there were installed CCTV cameras inside mall parking lot? it may help to capture the thieves.

By marycatherine• 11 years 10 months ago.
marycatherine

Was your car locked? Did they smash a window?

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