Several crime alert signs in Bukit Timah

Several crime alert signs in Bukit Timah
One of the police signs set up in the Bukit Timah area warning residents of a break-in in the neighbourhood.

SINGAPORE - When Linden Drive resident Zena Lim first saw a large sign near her home in Bukit Timah alerting residents about a break-in in her estate, she got a little worried.

That, however, quickly turned into fear after she spotted more of the same signs around her neighbourhood.

"I was very alarmed," said the 37-year-old ophthalmologist. "Were there multiple incidents? Have there been any arrests?"

She was not the only one rattled by the "crime alerts" put up by the police to warn homeowners to keep their guard up against break-ins.

Many others who live in the prime area - from Binjai Park to Watten Estate - said they were concerned by the number of signs, rarely seen at multiple locations in private housing estates. Some wondered if their neighbourhood had been targeted by a syndicate.

Last week, The Sunday Times found a total of six similar signs spread around those estates, located along a 4km stretch of Dunearn Road.

Five, located in Jalan Kampong Chantek, Sixth Avenue, Eng Neo Avenue, Greenwood Crescent and Shelford Road, pointed to a break-in on Aug 31, between 4am and 7am. Another in Turf Club Road referred to a case on July 25 at 8.30pm.

These areas are mainly in the Moulmein-Kallang and Holland-Bukit Timah GRCs.

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