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Dammam – A Saudi study revealed that people working in certain professions are more exposed to crimes than others.

Banking and accounting professions and taxi driver are a draw to criminals, said the study conducted by the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).

These results were announced at the university’s pavilion at the Riyadh International Book Fair currently held in the Saudi capital.

The study, held under the title “The Victim’s Role in Committing the Crime,” called on the concerned authorities to increase security measures around the work places of these professions, as well as raise awareness of the most vulnerable workers on safety procedures.

The study also showed that men are more exposed to crimes than women, except in cases of rape, sexual harassment and suicide. It also showed that some people, such as drug and alcohol addicts, homosexuals, and those working in high-risk professions, are more prone to fall victim of crimes than others.

The NAUSS study was conducted by Dr. Abdul Nasser Abbas Abdul Hadi, professor at the security studies’ department in the university in Riyadh, to learn about the victim’s role in crimes.

The sample covered by the study featured around 300 victims, in 265 crimes from 18 criminal categories, including murder, fraud, theft, cyber-crime, rape, mugging, harassment, forgery, embezzlement, suicide and armed robbery.

The study noted that many of the victims’ direct and indirect behaviors make them targets of criminals. These behaviors include naiveté, negligence, recklessness and provocation, violation of laws and social regulations and lack of censure, and in some cases greed and despair.

The university study noted that the lifestyle of some victims may be among the major reasons leading to these crimes, such as staying out of the house at late hours and leaving the home at specific times.

The list of crimes covered in this study featured 80 cases of murder, 78 cases of theft, 31 cases of fraud, 27 cases of cyber-crime, and 10 cases of mugging, followed by some cases of rape, forgery, sexual harassment, embezzlement and suicide.

In its conclusion, the NAUSS study recommended the preparation of a document of criminal statistics that covers the extent of the victims’ role in crimes and the behaviors that may lead to them. It also recommended expanding electronic monitoring procedures and cyber security patrols without violating the privacy of individuals.