Laws? What are they? What’s the point of even having them? Laws are rules that bind all people living in a community. They protect our general safety, and ensure our rights as citizens against abuses by other people, by organisations, and by the government itself. We have laws to help provide for our overall safety.

Sometimes, there are those kind of maniacs who break the law; those kind of people are just mean and don’t believe the law applies to them. Most people, however, break the law out of desperation. They have no social conscience; they have no clue that their actions will affect others as well; they love the thrill of breaking the law which will eventually end them up in jail. In other cases, people in a community break the laws for a good cause, probably because the government could be treating them roughly, or they think the laws they currently have are destroying them and separating their families from each other, they are living a dystopian life, a perfect example of this being The Hunger Games, and so on. But, if the societies did a better job of educating kids and preparing them for their future, for their adulthood, there would definitely be fewer criminals.

By having different law systems in different countries, some problems could arise. When people visit other countries, they become subject to those countries law systems (except for probably diplomats and official visitors), and some countries don’t legislate morality while others do. As a result, those people are not used to those laws and some problems could arise; but in worst cases, if those people don’t agree with those laws and find it fully unacceptable, that’s where things get ugly. Chaos, havoc, riots, and so on.

Where I live, the UAE, the crime rates are quite low so it’s safe to say that UAE is a nonviolent place to live in. Crimes such as people being robbed, cars being stolen, being attacked, being subject to a physical attack because of skin colour, dealing with drugs, and so on, are low and doesn’t cause much of an immense threat to the country; but that doesn’t mean it should be left unaccounted for. However, over the past 3 years, these crimes have been gradually increasing as being displayed on the news online, showing us that these crimes should be taken more seriously into hand and, if must, a different line and perspective of action could be taken to overcome the situation.

Identity crimes is a major issue to the people all over the world. Someone taking our personal information such as our name, social security number, date of birth, our mother’s maiden name, and our address, without your knowledge or permission for their personal financial gain. But, there are ways to prevent this from ever happening again:

  1. Safeguard Your Social Security Number (SSN)
    Social Security Numbers are the entry point for identity theft. They are the key to your personal and financial information. For this reason, it is not recommended that SSNs be carried in wallets or purses.


  1. Protect Your Other Personal Information
    The first step in protecting your information is to properly secure personal information such as SSN, credit card numbers, bank and brokerage accounts, retirement accounts, birth certificate, voter registration card, alien registration card, and others.


  1. Review Your Credit Reports
    The best way to learn if you are a victim of identity theft is by carefully reviewing your consumer credit report on an ongoing basis. This minimises potential damage because identity theft is detected earlier.

The Dubai police force is quite effective to be honest. It’s the 15,000 strong police force which came under jurisdiction of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and they cover an area of 4,114 square kilometres and a population of 2,106,177 people. The General Department of Criminal Investigation is the primary crime fighting department of the Dubai Police Force, its objectives are laid out as follows:

  1. Dealing with daily, small time crimes (quarrels, swearing, defamation. etc.)
  2. Dealing with crimes of a dangerous nature (murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, etc.)
  3. Dealing with organized crime (drugs trafficking, money laundering, internationally wanted criminals etc.)
  4. Social services (lost property, things found, certificates of good conduct, licenses of all kinds etc.)
  5. Employing scientific evidence (Forensic Medicine, fingerprints, documents, arsons, chemical analysis, firearms etc.)
  6. Employing identity recognition means (fingerprints, the DNA, criminal records etc.)
  7. Crime prevention methods (guidance, directives, follow-up, statistical projections, periodicals etc.)



The best solution to deal with crime is to prevent it from happening. We want to make our community a safer place for residents, businesses and visitors/tourists alike, both indoors and on the streets. Especially in Latin America, violent crime is deeply entrenched in some developing countries. We need to use campaigns and technology to reach every child and family in these countries. We need to develop those tools to make sure that everybody feels important and cared for through parenting interventions, family interventions, wellbeing campaigns, and early childhood education. Crime prevention methods can include:

  • CCTV
  • Alcohol-free zones
  • Dispersal zones
  • Safer Neighborhoods policing teams

We can help protect our property by:

  • Safeguarding your valuables
  • Keeping your home secure

Community measures to combat crime include:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Alley gating

3 Comments » for Law and Criminality
  1. Emile Timothy says:

    Instead of jurisdictional statements of the law differing from country to country, why can’t we have universal laws which are fixed and don’t vary between different countries?

    • Dilshan Marasinghe says:

      A very valid point Emile. Well, it’s just how this world works. There are some things that doesn’t make sense; and some things that doesn’t make sense at all! But yeah, you’re right. We SHOULD be having universal laws which are fixed and don’t vary between different countries 🙂 . But until that day comes, we need to learn to adapt with how the world is today, and hope for a better future.

  2. Dilshan Marasinghe says:

    Thanks a lot! 🙂

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