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Tuesday , August 20 2019

‘Lack of surveillance cams in customs a security loophole’

KUWAIT CITY, March 20: The securitymen manning the land border posts have complained of security loopholes because of lack of surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the customs area, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily added, this is one of the reasons why people chicken out and dump drugs before approaching the counter. Lack of CCTV cameras make the work of customs officials difficult and fail to arrest those who attempt to bring in drugs. The source also cited lack of coordination between the Interior Ministry and the Kuwait General Administration for Customs (KGAC), in spite of the orders being issued to install cameras to cover the entire customs areas. The source said the drug smuggling activity is a ticking time bomb and can result in criminal activities such as the one Kuwait witnessed on June 26, 2015 – the bombing of the Al-Sadiq mosque.

Traffic accidents reduced: The new amendment which was issued through a ministerial decree which calls for withdrawal of driving licence and gives right for the General Traffic Department to impound the vehicle for two months from motorists who are careless and do not comply with safety regulations has greatly contributed to the reduction in traffic accidents, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a security source. One of the serious violations committed by the motorists is the use of cell phone while driving. The daily added, if a person is caught speaking on the phone while driving he/she will be charged with using the phone while driving which is a violation and not paying attention to the road. In this event the traffic police have been given the authority to confiscate the licence and impound the vehicle for two months.

7th Ring traffic blocked: Traffic on Seventh Ring Road was blocked for some time when a truck ran out of control and overturned, reports Al-Rai daily. The driver of the trucker has been admitted to the Farwaniya Hospital with bruises and minor injuries. The cause of the accident is not known.

GCC national arrested: The Public Relations and Security Media Department in the Interior Ministry confirmed the arrest of a GCC national in Sulaibiya for his involvement in several crimes. While going through the reports on crimes whose perpetrators have yet to be identified, the officers found out the suspect is behind seven misdemeanor and criminal cases such as stealing diplomatic number plates, four cases of car theft with one of the vehicles being recovered and robbery by breaking into homes or establishments. After verifying their suspicion, the officers obtained arrest and search warrants in order to raid the house of the suspect where various valuables and documents that do not belong to him were discovered, including a firearm used in one of the crimes.

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