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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 28 April 2007

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Rise in number of metal theft cases in 2007


Keep An Eye Out For Metal-Theft

A Crime Prevention Advisory

Police are concerned with the increase in the number of metal theft cases, and are working with property owners to educate them on implementing effective preventive measures to curb the thefts.
Jan-Mar 2007 recorded 294 reports of metal thefts, which is 110 cases more than the same period in 2006.
Just recently on 22 April 07, 50 copper covers from fire risers were stolen from a block of flats in New Upper Changi Road.
Other items targeted by thieves include copper cables, signages, metallic door panels, lightning conductors and even lift-button panels. Besides damaging properties, these theft cases can also endanger public safety.
Thankfully, we have observant citizens. An alert member of the public called Police when he saw two men behaving suspiciously at the void deck of Blk 115 Jurong East St 13 on 21 Jan 07 at about 4am. Upon police arrival, the two men were spotted and checked. They were found in possession of cutting implements and also a strip of lightning conductor, which they had stolen from the block. Both men were subsequently convicted.
Police would like to advise the public to continue to be wary of persons who behave suspiciously. They should call 999 if they see anyone removing metal objects under suspicious conditions, e.g. in new or recently upgraded housing estates.
27 April 2007 @11.00 am

Source: News Release 27 Apr 2007

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