Police seize 30,000 counterfeit products during Sharjah swoop

Electronic items worth Dh4 million recovered in raids

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Police seized more than 30,000 fake electronic products worth Dh4 million during a counterfeit crackdown in Sharjah.

CID officers in the emirate uncovered the illegal haul of goods – including keyboards, hard drives, batteries and AC adapters – during raids carried out simultaneously at a shop and a warehouse both owned by a computer repair company.

The illegal goods were confiscated and are to be destroyed.

UL Middle East, a technology security company, worked in partnership with Ten Intelligence, an anti-counterfeit operation, to supply surveillance footage to police ahead of the swoops.

“We commend the swift action of the authorities and their resolve to apprehend and prosecute counterfeiters and also applaud their determination to protect consumers from illegal counterfeit products,” said Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager of UL Middle East.

“Not only are these items in breach of strict international trademark and licensing laws, they also pose a very real threat to the safety of the public who may be fooled into purchasing fakes as these products have not passed the strict testing procedures required to ensure they are safe to use.

“We urge members of the public to always purchase legitimate and genuine products.”

Mr Syed said that UL also provided additional evidence to assist in the operation as well as identifying counterfeit products and items that featured unauthorised trademarks.

Officials confiscated more than 4,551 batteries, 4619 power adapters and more than 11,615 security labels among other products during the raids.