Man arrested for allegedly breaking into private homes

SINGAPORE - A man allegedly involved in a number of housebreaking cases in private estates in central Singapore was arrested on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old is suspected in a series of trespass and housebreaking cases in the private estates of Stevens Road, Moulmein Road and Upper Thomson Road.

Since March this year, police have been receiving reports of a person trespassing into private residential properties by scaling the perimeter walls. In some cases, cash and mobile phones were reported stolen.

The police advised all home owners to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

- Ensure that all doors, windows and other openings are well secured with good quality grilles and close-shackled padlocks;

- Secure all doors and window grills before retiring to bed or when leaving your home unattended, even for a short while;

- Install a burglar alarm, motion sensor light and/or close circuit surveillance camera to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and in good working condition; and

- Keep large sums of cash in banks and expensive jewellery in a safe deposit box.