Difficult to prove intent in 'abduction' incidents

The two recent incidents of alleged attempted abduction show that it is extremely difficult to prove intent (2 recent student cases not abduction attempts: Police; Jan 19).

Hypothetically speaking, even if the drivers had other motives, it would have been easy for them to concoct reasons for their actions, as nothing untoward had taken place.

The fact that only students from international schools were involved in those incidents leaves many wondering whether it was too much of a coincidence.

Schools and parents have every right to be concerned that this is occurring in the vicinity of schools.

Refusing offers of a ride by strangers is good time-tested advice, and has nothing to do with being paranoid.

The adage "low crime does not mean no crime" is a good reminder, even in a safe place like Singapore.

It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Seah Yam Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2018, with the headline 'Difficult to prove intent in 'abduction' incidents'. Print Edition | Subscribe