"I am proud that members of the Council have been working relentlessly over the years with the community, industries and Police to educate Singaporeans on preventing crime, as well as to propagate the concept of self-help in crime prevention."Mr Tan Kian Hoon JP, BBM(L), PBM
It was a joyous year in 2016 as we celebrated the 35th anniversary of NCPC and 30th anniversary of Crime Watch. When the Council was set up, we had clear objectives to establish it as the key coordination body for raising public awareness and adopting effective crime prevention measures.
I am proud that members of the Council have been working relentlessly over the years with the community, industries and Police to educate Singaporeans on preventing crime, as well as to propagate the concept of self-help in crime prevention.
In 2016, overall crime in Singapore decreased by 2.6% to 32,964 cases. This was mainly due to a decline in Violent/Serious Property Crimes, Housebreaking and Related Crimes, Theft and Related Crimes and Commercial Crimes. However, several types of scams – Cheating involving E-Commerce, Internet Love Scam, and China Officials Impersonation – continued to be major crime concerns. For instance, there were no China Officials Impersonation scams in 2015. But in 2016, a total of 487 cases were reported and the amount cheated from victims was as high as $23 million.
NCPC’s anti-scam campaign was launched nationwide in 2014. In 2016 alone, with the support of the Police, about 90 community roadshows were conducted. More than 100 of our CPAs were present at these outreach events to share useful anti-scam prevention messages with the public. NCPC also completely revamped the anti-scam website (www.scamalert.sg) to allow the public to share their personal experiences on scams. With constant updates on the latest scams and more user-friendly functions, the website attracted more than 321,000 visitors in 2016, an increase of 108% from the year before.
The campaign in 2016 also included three new TV commercials and several episodes of Crime Watch on the latest scams. At the same time, NCPC launched a Helpline (1800-722-6688) for members of the public to seek advice on scams.
Another important programme by NCPC in 2016 was Delta League. During the school holidays in June and December, we engaged 4,000 youths through football and educated them on crime prevention. For the first time, the league was opened to girls and we were glad to welcome 400 of them.
The Council is grateful for the strong support from our partners and stakeholders. We will continue to review our strategies, forge new alliances, and leverage on technology to better achieve the effective execution of crime prevention initiatives.
MR TAN KIAN HOON
JP, BBM(L), PBM
National Crime Prevention Council