PEOPLE carrying cooking stoves, gas cylinders and charcoal fire pits to public parks, gardens and walkways in Bahrain will soon face action, it has emerged.
Three municipal councils – Northern, Southern and Muharraq – and the Capital Trustees Board have submitted letters to the Interior Ministry to deploy community police at the public facilities as offences seem to have got out of control.
Security guards at some of these facilities complained to the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry that families and individuals were shooing them away.
Southern Municipality director general Assem Abdullatif, who is also Muharraq Municipality acting director general, said it was unfortunate that the security guards were being disrespected despite them trying to safeguard public facilities.
“A number of people have an attitude problem when approached by security guards who are under contract from private companies.
“This does not, however, mean that the facilities are not secure, but the guards don’t have policing powers.
“Even when the police are called in, it takes time for them to show up and by then offenders have already fled.”
Mr Abdullatif said taking cooking stoves, gas cylinders and charcoal fire pits to public parks, gardens and walkways puts everyone in danger.
“Councils and the Capital Trustees Board should arrange with the Interior Ministry to have community police who can step in and take action while being in direct contact with an actual police force.”
Northern Municipal Council chairman Mohammed Buhamood warned families that they would face legal action if found taking cooking stoves, gas cylinders and charcoal fire pits to the public facilities.
“Public facilities are not beaches where people can grill or have a barbecue on, or use charcoal for sheesha,” he said.
“There have been instances of children being burnt after knocking down a stove inadvertently; there have also been cases where rides or dried grass have caught fire.
“Besides, any restaurant can deliver food; it’s cheaper and involves less effort.
“Gas cylinders of different sizes are being brought in and these run the risk of springing a leak and exploding.
“And with huge crowds at the public parks, gardens and walkways, people’s lives are at risk.”
He said people’s attitude has led to a warning of legal action and the call for community police.
“We don’t need to teach discipline but when faced with undisciplined individuals who disregard the rights of others to enjoy their day out, then action needs to be taken and police are needed to secure the place,” said Mr Buhamood.
“The poor security guards are doing their job with the utmost authority, but are receiving abuse and insults following irresponsible acts from people.
“This is all set to end.”