Police remind public to be vigilant during Hari Raya, warn against setting off explosive devices made with sparklers

Festive decor and lights at Geylang Serai for Hari Raya 2016.
Festive decor and lights at Geylang Serai for Hari Raya 2016. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - In an advisory issued on Friday (June 10), police reminded the public to stay vigilant against crime at the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar and warned against the setting off of "improvised explosive devices" made with sparklers during the Hari Raya festive season.

Police take "a serious view of persons setting off improvised explosive devices constructed using sparklers".

The devices are potential fire hazards, and may cause injury to people or damage to property, police said.

Anyone caught setting off improvised explosive devices may be convicted of negligent conduct with respect to any fire or combustible matter, or negligent conduct with respect to any explosive substance.

If convicted of either offence, the offender faces up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

If the blast results in any injuries, the jail term can extend to seven years, police said.

Heavy traffic is also expected along Changi Road and Sims Avenue during this period, and motorists are advised to avoid these roads.

Strict enforcement action will be taken against illegal parking, police said.

As there will be large crowds at the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar, which is on till July 5, police have asked visitors to safeguard their belongings and have provided tips on avoiding molesters.

Advice for visitors to the bazaar include:

  • Never leave your handbag, wallet or mobile phone unattended in public places.
  • Do not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion, accidentally bumping into you, or spilling something onto you.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Do not adorn children with excessive gold jewellery.
  • Avoid placing your wallet in the back pocket.
  • Sling your handbag in front of you and ensure that it is fastened or zipped at all times.
  • 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 for help.
  • Stay close to your friends and 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. Call 999 as soon as possible.