Police and NCPC turn to comedy to help raise vigilance against crime during festive season

Police and NCPC turn to comedy to help raise vigilance against crime during festive season

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the police are bringing some cheer in their efforts to remind the public to stay vigilant against crime this festive season with 'Criminal Watch'.

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Read the full statement from NCPC here:

A desperate housewife, a naive daughter, a man searching for love online, and a forgetful car owner are just a few of the interesting characters which you can expect to see in this first comedy crime prevention video jointly released by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

Launched on 30 November 2013, the video can be found at #criminalwatch on YouTube, as well as SPF and NCPC Facebook pages.

This crime prevention video, produced by popular film-making group Night Owl Cinematics, was launched at the NCPC’s annual Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign event by Grassroots Adviser and Member of Parliament for Pioneer Constituency, Mr Cedric Foo.

Besides using the video to advise the public to remain vigilant against crime during the festive season, the NCPC and SPF also deployed 800 Delta League participants island-wide to distribute and share crime prevention message with the public as part of the Delta League’s Community Day event.

Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign

The Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign is organised annually by NCPC to remind the public to stay vigilant during the festive season period.

This year, crime prevention messages will be disseminated through various media channels such as newspapers and bus stop panels.

Light-Hearted Crime Prevention Video Delivers a Serious Message

Created as a parody of NCPC’s popular programme, Crime Watch, the new crime prevention video features Singaporeans who fall prey to various types of crimes such as theft, shopping scams and online extortion, albeit in light-hearted settings.

Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Council, Mr Tan Kian Hoon, said: “Behind the humour lies a serious message of crime prevention. I urge all to share this video with their loved ones, friends and colleagues so that they can be reminded to stay vigilant and guard themselves against common crimes.”

Delta League Participants Share Crime Prevention Messages

Besides using the crime prevention video to deliver the crime prevention message, NCPC and SPF also rallied 800 participants from 56 Delta League football teams to spread crime prevention messages in Singapore at locations such as Ang Mo Kio, Jurong, Pasir Ris and Telok Blangah, as part of the Delta League Community Day’s programme. The Delta League Community Day is held once every league season to inculcate among participants a sense of community spirit by working with NCPC and SPF to raise public awareness of concern crimes.

To combat shop theft, a life-size Policeman standee was also unveiled at the event. This new design, which features a real policeman, will be placed at the entrances of shops and supermarkets in the coming months. The standee aims to deter potential perpetrators.

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