Kovan double murder: Kovan residents take safety measures

SINGAPORE - These are some measures that residents around Hillside Drive in Kovan have been taking since Wednesday's double murders.

Motor shop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, was found dead in his Hillside Drive home with slash wounds on his neck and face. His son, Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42, was also killed. His body was recovered near Kovan MRT station after it was dragged under his father's car, which the assailant is believed to have used to flee.

When The New Paper visited the estate yesterday afternoon, at least two families said they were taking more precautions like putting in extra locks and ensuring their children were accompanied at all times.

A woman who lives a few doors from the elder Mr Tan said she was keeping her children indoors. Madam Neo, as she wanted to be known, said the family might be installing CCTVs in their home as an additional measure.

The police issued a statement on Thursday night to reassure Singaporeans that the murders "pose little risk to general public safety".

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean issued a statement yesterday, calling the murders "shocking".

"This is a very serious case and CP (Commissioner of Police) has been updating me regularly. I have asked the police to spare no effort to make sure that justice is served."

Former law enforcement officers and lawyers that TNP spoke to were confident the perpetrator would be caught soon.

Mr Edmond Pereira, a former district judge and deputy public prosecutor, felt the police were right not to release more information.

He said: "Releasing information may only cause more alarm. It may also complicate matters especially since they are still investigating."

Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday that hours before his death, the elder Mr Tan had retrieved some items from a safe-deposit box at the Cisco Centre.

Quoting a source, the Chinese evening daily said he had retrieved "a few bags" containing valuable items, adding that he was not someone who withdrew such items on a whim.

Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News also reported yesterday that the suspect is a portly man in his 50s and was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with white horizontal stripes and light blue jeans.

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