SINGAPORE - The police have issued an advisory to remind all members of the public to keep vigilant and taking appropriate crime prevention measures as the Chinese New Year celebrations begin.
The public should also be aware that while the importation and sale of some types of sparklers are legal, the use of sparklers should be done in a responsible manner according to the safety guidelines prescribed by the manufacturer.
Anyone caught using sparklers for improvised explosive devices may be prosecuted in court.
Here are measures recommended by the police to prevent crimes such as housebreaking, theft, robbery, car rental scams and shop theft:
a) Ensure that all doors, windows and other openings are well secured with good quality grilles and close-shackled padlocks;
b) Secure all doors and windows before retiring to bed or when leaving your house unattended, even for a short while;
c) Install a burglar alarm, sensor light and/or close circuit surveillance camera to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and in good working condition;
d) Do not leave large amounts of cash in your home. All cash, jewellery and valuable items should be kept in a bank or in a good quality safe that is anchored to the wall/floor to prevent the safe from being carted away;
e) If you are going on a vacation, you should also:
i. entrust family members or neighbours to conduct regular visits to your home while you are away;
ii. make arrangements to suspend your newspaper subscriptions as uncollected newspapers are tell-tale signs that a house is not occupied; and
iii. inform your Neighbourhood Police Centre of your absence.