SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued an advisory for members of the public headed to the Hari Raya Bazaar at Geylang Serai.
The annual festive fair will start on Wednesday (June 17), and run until July 16. Large crowds are expected, especially during the weekends.
For visitors, here are some things to watch out for:
- Never leave your handbag, wallet or mobile phone unattended in public places such as on a table at an eatery or in a shopping trolley
- Do not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion or accidentally bumping/spilling something on you
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
- Do not adorn your children with excessive gold jewellery as they are easy targets for potential criminals
- Avoid placing your wallet in your back pocket and always remember to sling your handbag in front of you and ensure that it is fastened or zipped at all times
For female visitors, be vigilant against potential molesters:
- Be alert to your surroundings. When possible, move away if someone stands or sits exceptionally close to you
- If you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to the nearest open business premise, crowded area or call the police to seek help
- Stay close to your friends or move around in groups when in crowded places
- If you are molested, call for help immediately by shouting or seek help from people nearby to increase the chances of apprehending the culprit, and call 999 as soon as possible.
For drivers, expect heavy traffic along Changi Road and Sims Ave. Police are advising motorists to avoid the affected roads and drive with caution.
Strict enforcement action will be taken against illegal parking, SPF added.