S'pore residents in JB still feel safe

S'pore residents in JB still feel safe

Her neighbour's house was burgled on Sunday. But Madam Tati Hussain remains unfazed.

The administrator, 45, said: "I know it's just one unfortunate incident . It does not scare me at all. I believe it won't happen again."

But she admitted that she might have to take precautions.

Madam Tati, a Singaporean who has lived in Johor Baru for three years, said: "Now we all have to be more 'kaypoh' (busybody in Hokkien) and vigilant. We have to look out for our neighbours and watch out for anything out of the ordinary."

While she is happy living there, she plans to move back to Singapore, not out of concern about crime, but because of convenience.

"I drive my children to school (in Singapore) every morning and in the past few months, it takes hours to get into Singapore," said Madam Tati.

"But when we are older, we will retire in Johor Baru because it is very peaceful."

Mr Buang Ismail, 66, who has lived at Taman Sri Pulai Perdana, Johor Baru, for almost eight years, also feels safe.

The Singaporean retiree said there had been instances of his neighbours' houses being burgled, but these were few and far between.

"I haven't heard of any cases in the last six months. To be honest, I'm not really concerned. I've installed burglar alarms and we live in a gated community where the security guards are always patrolling."

Mr Zach Yeo, 32, a manager, who has lived in Horizon Hills, Johor Baru, for about two years, is also staying put.

"The air is so fresh here and it's extremely convenient," the Singaporean said. "You just have to be extra careful you are not targeted. Not showing off your wealth would be a good start."

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