Tips to guard against theft during the festive season

Tips to guard against theft during the festive season

SINGAPORE - Police have received several reports of theft along Orchard Road on Christmas Eve this year.

Investigations revealed that the victims were walking in crowded areas and had their handbags slit opened and their valuables stolen.

Thieves are known to steal exposed items such as mobile phones and wallets from bags and unzipping or slitting the bags of unsuspecting victims. At times, they may have accomplices who would help to distract or block the view of the victim to facilitate the theft.

Some culprits deliberately bump or jostle into an unsuspecting victim in a crowd and commit theft in the process.

Here are some crime prevention measures to safeguard your belongings:

a) Avoid exposing cash, valuables, or jewellery in public areas as this might draw unnecessary attention;

b) Avoid placing your wallet in your back pocket. Ensure that your bag is properly secured at all times. Cross-sling it in front or clasp it firmly while shopping or walking;

c) Never leave your valuables unattended on trolleys or strollers while shopping. Unattended valuables pose easy targets to would-be culprits;

d) While having meals, never use valuables such as mobile phones to reserve seats. Arrange for someone to look after your valuables while ordering food;

e) Do not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion, bumping into you or accidentally spilling something onto you. Check your valuables immediately if this happens;

f) Do not adorn your children with excessive gold jewellery as they are easy targets for potential criminals.

natlim@sph.com.sg

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