New kit to stamp out loansharking activities

The police rolled out a new anti-loansharking lift decal and an information kit to further deter potential criminals on Sunday.

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Here's the full statement from the Singapore Police Force:

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) launched the Community Safety & Security Programme (CSSP) Combating Unlicensed Moneylending in Bukit Panjang Town 2013 on March 10, 2013.

The following special guests graced the event: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, MP for Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC); Dr Teo Ho Pin, MP for Bukit Panjang Constituency; Mr Liang Eng Hwa, MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

The event, organised by Bukit Panjang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) with support from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), aims to strengthen the Police-Community collaboration in combating Unlicensed Moneylending (UML) through the following three-pronged approach:

i) Awareness: To continually raise awareness of Anti-Unlicensed Moneylending through educating the public on the various types of loanshark harassment, severity of punishment for committing offences under Moneylenders Act and information on problem gambling, credit counselling, personal finance management and avenues for financial assistance;

ii) Prevention: To maintain support from the members of the Citizen on Patrol (COP)1, Neighbourhood Watch Group (NWG)2 and National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) in fighting UML by conducting joint house visits and COP patrols to spot any suspicious characters as well as deter UML activities;

iii) Support: To garner more support from the community to be the vigilant eyes and ears of Police to detect loanshark runners and other suspicious persons in the neighbourhood, and at the same time spread crime prevention advisories.

As part of the event, a set of anti-UML lift decals was jointly launched by the three special guests and Commander of Jurong Police Division Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Wilson Lim.

In conjunction with the nationwide Anti-UML Public Education and Awareness Campaign that was launched on Nov 30, 2012, these decals will soon be found at over 400 Housing Development Board's lift lobbies located island wide.

A new anti-UML folder kit was also distributed to the residents by the 3 guests, members of the COP and NPCC during the walk-about at the respective constituencies. Other than the road show at Bukit Panjang Plaza, two other similar ones took place concurrently at the Blk 256, Bangkit Road Wet Market area and Greenridge Shopping Centre.

Through this series of road shows, Bukit Panjang NPC aims to recruit more COP and NWG members to join the Police in combating UML, as well as to encourage more Bukit Panjang residents to sign up for Community Alert Service (CAS) to receive localised crime related information and advisories.

Commenting on the initiative to install these Anti-UML lift decals island wide, Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Council, Mr Tan Kian Hoon, said: "The graffiti design on these lift decals depicts the pain, suffering and the perils which these loansharks bring to our community. Victims and neighbours should band together as a community to work with the authorities in tackling this menace."

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