Woman under investigation for making fake police report

Police are investigating a 22-year-old woman who made a false report of a snatch theft.
Police are investigating a 22-year-old woman who made a false report of a snatch theft. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 22-year-old woman who is believed to have lodged a false report is being investigated by the police.

She had made a police report on Saturday (April 1) at 4.13pm saying that an unknown man had snatched her mobile phone at Block 186C, Rivervale Drive, at 1.30pm that day.

While investigating, officers found several inconsistencies and established that the woman had given false information to the police. They found that she was not a victim of snatch theft.

Investigations against her are ongoing. Those convicted of giving information that they know or believe to be false to a public servant can be jailed for up to a year, fined up to $5,000, or both.

The police in its release reminded the public that police resources could have been put to better use in dealing with real crimes and emergencies rather than pursuing false leads.

"Those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will be dealt with in accordance with the law," said the police.

Recent false police reports made include a case last month (March), when two men lodged fake reports in two separate cases about having their vehicles stolen.

In November last year, a 35-year-old woman made a false report alleging that a man had tried to abduct her son in a pram.

Investigations in all three cases revealed inconsistencies that led to the police investigating those who made the reports.