Police: Be alert on Hari Raya eve at Geylang Serai

Police: Be alert on Hari Raya eve at Geylang Serai
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SINGAPORE - As the festive season is approaching, large crowds are expected at the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar, especially on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (July 16). The Singapore Police Force (SPF) have highlighted some precautions that visitors should take:

  • To prevent thefts, the public should not to leave their handbags, wallets or mobile phones unattended in public places, such as on a table at eateries or in a shopping trolley.
  • Members of the public should not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion or accidentally bumping or spilling something onto them.
  • Children should not wear excessive gold jewellery as they are easy targets for potential criminals.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or¬†placing a wallet in the back pocket. Handbags should always be placed at the front and should be zipped at all times.

To prevent being molested, police advise the public to be alert to their surroundings:

  • When possible, you should move away if someone stands or sits exceptionally close.
  • If you suspect that you're being followed, you should remain calm and proceed to the nearest crowded area or call the police to seek help.
  • Stay close to friends or move around in groups when in crowded places.
  • If you are molested, call for help immediately by shouting or seeking help from people nearby.

Heavy vehicular traffic is also expected along Changi Road and Sims Ave. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected roads, to make alternative travel arrangements and to drive with caution.

The police said that officers will be deployed at all affected road junctions to regulate traffic and assist motorists. Strict enforcement action will also be taken against illegal parking.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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