Police release photos of 30 loanshark suspects online

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force has posted photos of 30 loanshark suspects on its official website in a bid to get the public to volunteer information on unsolved cases that happened this year.

The photos were captured by surveillance cameras when the suspects possibly carried out acts of loanshark harassment. Additional information such as the dates and locations of the loansharking activities also accompany the photos to aid in identifying the suspects.

According to the Singapore Police Force website, the 30 suspects comprise of 26 men and 4 women with the youngest being 14-years-old and the oldest around 50-years-old.

In a Shin Min Daily News report, MP for Marine Parade GRC, Mr Seah Kian Peng, said "I believe that the combined efforts of the police and the public can help reduce the number of loansharking activities."

Members of the public with information regarding any of the cases are encouraged to call the police hotline at 1800-2550000.

The punishment for assisting loansharks is a fine between $30,000 and $300,000, a jail term up to four years, and six strokes of the cane for first-time offenders.