Heard of trade secrets?

Businesses, companies and organisations have them. Well, so do pickpockets! Here are some of their secrets and police advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. Pickpockets target at people in crowds who carry cash in public

Do not display excessive cash in the public as this might draw unnecessary attention, instead use NETS & ATM cards for cashless transactions where possible.

Pickpockets deliberately bump into an unsuspecting person in a crowd. Check your wallets, handbag and valuables immediately if someone bumps into you unnecessarily. They create a commotion in public to distract everybody's attention while picking on pockets.

Be on guard and alert for various scams and confidence trickster that would take place while you are doing banking at an ATM or after a transaction out from the bank.

Do not doze off in the bus or MRT train and leave your belongings unattended.

Do not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion or accidentally spilling something on you. Be wary of such situations.

Precautions for women

They look out for ladies with handbags especially handbags carried with clasps facing outwards.

Ladies, carry your bag tightly under your arm and always keep it properly fastened. Sling your handbag in front of you so that you can keep an eye on it.

Never leave your handbag in a shopping basket or trolley.

Precautions for men

They prefer men who keep wallets in the rear trousers or chest pockets. So men, keep your wallet in your side trousers pocket.

A person convicted of pickpocket is liable to:

  • A jail term which may extend to 3 years; or
  • A fine; or both.