Bounced business cheques topped the list of cases with 1,063 cases, followed by rent cheques at 708 cases, credit cards at 329 cases, loans at 257 and car loans at 229.
Dud chequesDud cheque cases registered in Dubai reached 79,525 last year as compared to 68,707 cases in 2012, according to statistics provided by the Dubai Police. Of the total number of cases, 20,046 were settled last year, while 20,512 were settled in 2012.
According to the statistics, in the past three years, 110,554 dud cheque cases were registered against people aged between 18 to 35, while people aged between 54 to 71 were involved in 85,353 cases.
In 2011, 5,458 cases were registered against Emiratis; 6,843 in 2012, and 3,029 in 2013.
Last year, bounced business cheques topped the list of cases with 1,063 cases, followed by rent cheques at 708 cases, credit cards at 329 cases, loans at 257 and car loans at 229.
Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Criminal Affairs, said people who issue cheques “without thinking” may land in jail. He called on banks to ask loan seekers to get a certificate of good conduct before loaning him big amounts.
“The Dubai Police are keen on protecting the economy and prevent people from having the burden of loan accumulation. These liabilities result in conflicts in families and lead to divorces,” he said.
Campaign against dud cheques
The Dubai Police have decided to launch a campaign to spread awareness among the public about the consequences of issuing dud cheques.
Abdulla Khadem Surour, Director of Al Barsha police station, said dud cheque cases can be attributed to competition between banks, which give out loans without getting enough guarantees. He called on banks to explain to loan seekers about the dangers of issuing cheques while taking loans.