Two men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in at least three cases of bicycle theft in Tampines.
Between Jan 21 and Feb 15 this year, the police were alerted to several such thefts in Tampines of bicycles outside homes and secured with chains and locks.
With the aid of CCTV cameras installed inside a lift in one instance, officers from the Crime Strike Force (CSF) of Tampines Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) managed to identify the suspects. At 10am on Wednesday (Feb 26), the younger suspect, aged 23, was arrested in the vicinity of Tampines Street 91. The other suspect, 28, was subsequently arrested in the vicinity of Tampines Street 11 on the same day at 6.35pm. Following their arrests, police officers managed to recover four bicycles which are believed to have been stolen.
Preliminary investigations found both suspects may be responsible for at least three cases of bicycle theft. If found guilty, they face a maximum punishment of a three-year jail term and a fine.
In a statement, the police urged bicycle owners to safeguard against theft by keeping their bicycles in their homes when possible, and locking them when unattended. They also advised the public to use durable locks or those with alarm features, and to affix a Bicycle Security Label to help police identify the bicycle if it is stolen. Members of the public may collect such labels from any NPC.