The crime rate in Qatar is one of the lowest in the world, figures released by the general secretariat of the state cabinet reveal.
Here, the rate of murder per 100,000 people is barely 0.5 while the world average according to United Nations data is four.
Similarly, 25 burglaries take place per 100,000 inhabitants here whereas the global average is 100 per 100,000 people.
The rates of other crimes like kidnapping, assaults and arson are also low. The collective rate of all these crimes here is five per 100,000 people while the world average is eight per 100,000 inhabitants.
Qatar has a pervasive public security system and intelligence-gathering as well as closer and round-the-clock surveillance play a bigger role in preventing crimes. Investigations are quick and cases are immediately referred for legal action. Justice is also dispensed at a faster pace.
Al Faza has recently been set up which maintains vigil on roads and residential areas 24 hours. It is there to provide instant help and prevent crimes from taking place. It has been provided with 142 patrol cars to carry out its duty.
A total of 8,527 people were rounded up in 2008 for violating residence permit (RP) rules. Out of them, 6,610, or 77.5 percent, were deported.
It is interesting to note that 5,269 companies were identified which had failed to stamp or renew work visas for their employees in 2008.
The law puts the onus of work visa-related violations on the employers too, and they are fined for committing such violations.
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