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Fall in loan shark, other criminal activities at HDB estates since CCTVs installed

Published on Jan 5, 2014 7:48 AM
 
A CCTV camera being installed at the foot of a stairwell at an HDB block in Jalan Bukit Merah. With more electronic eyes watching over the heartland, loan shark harassment cases are set to reach a new low since 2010. -- ST PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR

With more electronic eyes watching over the heartland, loan shark harassment cases are set to reach a new low since 2010.

For the first nine months of last year, there were 6,708 cases of unlicensed moneylending and harassment reported, down from about 8,000 cases for the same period in 2012 - a fall of more than 16 per cent.

The number of such cases has declined by about 20 per cent every year for the last four years - from 16,834 in 2010 to 13,342 in 2011, and 10,840 cases in 2012.

Police cameras, installed at HDB blocks from 2012, have contributed to the steady drop in loan shark and harassment cases, said a police spokesman.

 
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