Police and NCPC turn to comedy to help raise vigilance against crime during festive season

Grassroots advisor and MP for Pioneer constituency Cedric Foo (centre) and Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee (right) at the launch of this year's Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign on Saturday, Nov 30, 2013. The National Crime Prevention Counci
Grassroots advisor and MP for Pioneer constituency Cedric Foo (centre) and Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee (right) at the launch of this year's Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign on Saturday, Nov 30, 2013. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the police are bringing some cheer in their efforts to remind the public to stay vigilant against crime this festive season with Criminal Watch. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the police are bringing some cheer in their efforts to remind the public to stay vigilant against crime this festive season with 'Criminal Watch'.

A parody of council's popular Crime Watch programme - the new video shows the antics of unsuspecting victims of common crimes like online extortion and car theft.

Produced by local filmmaking group Night Owl Cinematic, the video was launched by Grassroots Advisor and MP for Pioneer Constituency, Mr Cedric Foo at the launch of this year's Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign on Saturday.

The video can be viewed on the police and NCPC Facebook pages, as well as at #criminalwatch on Youtube.

The NCPC and police on Saturday also sent out 800 Delta League participants all over Singapore to share crime prevention messages with members of the public. Delta League is a month-long youth engagement programme where youths play soccer and also learn about crime awareness.

A life-size policeman standee featuring a real policeman was also unveiled at the event. It will be placed at shop entrances in the coming months to deter shoptheft.

The Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign has been held every year since 1984 to remind Singaporeans to stay wary of crime even during periods of celebration. This year's campaign will run from December to next January, with crime prevention messages being shared in the media.