Safe and Sound

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In Saudi Arabia, crime is quite low compared to many countries in the world. It may have something to do with the strict religious atmosphere here and also with the fact that punishments are quite severe. For example, if a man is found guilty of stealing, his hand could be cut off. Well, nowadays, it would actually be surgically amputated. I’ve found most people here to be quite honest and respectable. The photos above and below show small unattended business kiosks in a very large and busy mall. In both photos you can see products that could be easily stolen if a thief had a mind to. The top photo shows packages of chocolates that one could easily snatch that are “protected” by sheer sheets of cellophane wrap. The photo below was taken from up above of a jewelry kiosk. The glass cases are locked, but the carousel displays which are usually out on top of the glass countertop are clearly visible, being hidden only by some cloth. I do feel very safe in this country, although crimes do occur here – just not with the frequency as in the states or elsewhere.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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3 Responses to Safe and Sound

  1. Dina says:

    Are there video cameras around, just in case?
    Would a thief lose his hand AND go to prison?

  2. Geogypsy says:

    Glad to hear there’s something about this country I can appreciate. Maybe if our laws were stricter or more associated with the particluar crime we would see a decrease.

  3. christina says:

    Interesting, this would never work in Sweden, not even for a very short time. But then we dont risk loosing a hand either….. Did not know that they still did over there. So very interesting to follow your blog, thanks for sharing!

    Christina, Sweden

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