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Making Singapore the world's safest place

Published on Mar 24, 2013 8:30 AM
 

Singapore's crime rate fell last year to its lowest in almost 30 years, but Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee believes it can be better.

"It doesn't matter if the population hits 6.9 million, we can go lower because a lot of the crime here is preventable," he said.

That explains a renewed focus on crime prevention since he became police chief three years ago and set out to work towards making Singapore "the safest place in the world".

The most significant move is the Community Policing System (Cops) introduced last year, which has officers getting out of their patrol cars and Neighbourhood Police Posts to pound the beat on foot or on bicycles, getting to know people who live and work in the area.

 
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Background story

THE POLICE CHIEF ON:

TERRORISM

"It is the biggest security threat we face in Singapore. People forget but it's true. The intelligence tells us that we're still a target, people are targeting us, people want to kill us. The threat won't go away for a long time."

LOAN SHARK HARASSMENT

"When I took over there were some 18,000 harassment cases in a year. Today, it's down to fewer than 9,000 cases. I expect that we'll bring it down significantly again this year.

But I still worry about this because firstly, innocent people are being targeted, and this type of crime creates a sense of fear and foreboding in our heartland. We must not tolerate this, which is why we're going to keep clamping down on these Ah Longs."

MOLESTATION ON BUSES, TRAINS

"We fight it in many ways. First, we educate the public. We tell them these things are happening and you could be a potential victim, so look out...

"And if you're unfortunate enough to have it happen to you, raise the alarm, don't suffer in silence, don't let the bad guy get away, because if you do that there will be another victim.

"Raise the alarm and we promise we will act, we will catch the guy. We're not going to ignore it."

ERRANT MOTORISTS

"We are going after this bad behaviour on the road. Driving too fast, beating red lights, not signalling. This rash, reckless behaviour on the road is terrible. We're going to change that."