Man, 32, arrested for suspected thefts of batteries from fire alarm panels

A bag of capacitors, universal keys to fire alarm panels and some tools were seized by the police on Oct 6, 2017.
A bag of capacitors, universal keys to fire alarm panels and some tools were seized by the police on Oct 6, 2017.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested a 32-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a series of thefts of batteries from fire alarm panels at various public housing estates, the Singapore Police Force said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 7).

Between March and October this year, the police received several reports of theft of batteries from fire alarm panels from multi-storey carparks of public housing estates.

The suspect had deactivated the alarm trigger by inserting a capacitor into the alarm panels before he stole the batteries, the statement said.

Officers from Jurong Police Division and Ang Mo Kio Police Division carried out extensive ground enquiries and managed to identify the suspect with the help of police cameras.

The suspect was arrested on Friday along Punggol Way. A bag of capacitors, universal keys to fire alarm panels, and some tools were seized.

He will be charged with the offence of theft under Section 379 of the Penal Code, which is punishable with a jail term of up to three years, or with fine, or with both.

The police said removing the battery from a fire alarm panel will affect the operations of the fire alarm, and jeopardise safety of the public in the event of a fire.

"The police will not hesitate to take action against anyone who displays such blatant disregard to the safety and well-being of the public," the statement added.