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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 19 December 2007

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 Police advise festive revellers to remain vigilant against crime


Celebrate the Festive Season Safely and Responsibly

Christmas is in the air and as with previous years, huge throngs of people will be shopping at major shopping centres and shops. Large crowds and heavy vehicular traffic are also expected along Orchard Road, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Police would like to advise all shoppers and revellers to remain alert to criminals who might seize the opportunity to commit crime in their midst.
Shopping and outraging of modesty in crowded areas
While shoppers are looking out for a good buy, they should be wary of criminals who are also on the look-out for an easy target to strike at.
Don't let thieves steal your festive joy - shoppers can take note of the following crime prevention tips:
  • When travelling in a crowded place, be wary of anyone bumping into you.
  • Check your valuables when it happens.
  • Avoid exposing cash, valuables or jewellery in public areas.
  • Do not attract the attention of would-be thieves.
  • Ensure that your bag is properly secured. Place them in front or within view while shopping or walking.
  • Never leave your valuables unattended while shopping or ordering food. Get a trusted friend or colleague to watch over your belongings if need be.
Police would also like to advise revellers and shoppers to be vigilant against opportunists who might commit molest in crowds. Most of these molest cases happen in crowded areas where the suspect would touch the victim and move away. In some, the suspect would spray foam onto the victim and commit molest in the process.

The public can minimise opportunities for criminals to commit molest by following these tips:

  • Be wary of strangers who approach you in crowded areas
  • Stay close to your friends or move around in groups when in crowded places
  • Avoid contact with unruly crowds
Victims should approach police officers who are deployed on the ground for assistance immediately. Alternatively, they can call Police or make a report at the nearest Police station.
Celebrating Christmas at Orchard Rd
In view of the large crowds and heavy vehicular traffic at Orchard Rd, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Police officers will be deployed to ensure that law and order are not compromised. CCTVs would also be set up along Orchard Road to monitor the crowd situation.
Bags and personal items may be subjected to checks by the Police. Members of public are advised to co-operate with the Police when checked. They should also notify the Police of any suspicious items or persons.
Police will be working with National Environmental Agency (NEA) officers to curb the illegal hawking of foam sprays along Orchard Road. Summon actions will be taken against illegal hawkers and their wares will be seized.
Members of the public are also reminded to be considerate to others in their midst and avoid doing anything which may cause annoyance or compromise the safety of fellow merry-makers. The public may approach officers for assistance or report trouble makers.
Police would also not hesitate to take action against persons who use spray foam to commit crime or cause nuisance to the general public.
Don't let your festive joy be marred by crime - enjoy the holidays safely and responsibly by remaining vigilant against crime.
18 December 2007 at 10.00am

Source: Media Release 19 Dec 2007

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