HOW IT CAN HAPPEN
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.