HOW IT CAN HAPPEN
Live Your Golden Years with Crime Prevention
Senior citizens are generally more frail than most people and cannot easily defend themselves well. They have been victims of crime because of their more trusting and believing nature and concern for their loved ones. This makes them easy targets for criminals. Therefore, having awareness of the preventive techniques can help you to recognise a potential crime situation and allow positive action to be taken that will reduce or remove the risk.
Please click onto the following video (English) or video (Mandarin) to have a better understanding of how crimes take place and the crime prevention measures to adopt to safeguard your personal safety and belongings.
- When alone at home, keep your grille gates and doors locked at all times to prevent unwelcome visitors from entering the house.
- Never open doors to strangers. Use the door-viewer to identify a visitor. Keep chain-latch of the door fastened when talking to the visitor.
- Do not keep large amounts of money in your home. Keep valuables in a safety deposit box at your bank.
- Check the identity of anyone who claims to be maintenance officer or repairman or government official. Ask for their credentials and check with the government department concerned or with your family members of any such appointment. Call the police if in doubt.
- Never open the door to strangers who claim to be relatives or friends of your children. Do not give strangers money when they ask for payments of hospital bills or goods.
Away From Home
- Notify your family members of your whereabouts if you intend to go for a trip.
- Secure all windows and doors before you leave.
- Discontinue mail and newspaper deliveries. Otherwise, arrange to have someone pick up any newspapers or mail that are left on your step.
- Let your neighbours know you are going to be away, for how long and how you can be contacted if necessary.
- Walk in pairs or group and only in well-lit areas.
- Always sling your handbag in front of you or hold it under your arm and walk facing oncoming traffic to prevent it being snatched.
- Carrying a personal alarm for extra protection.
- Be aware of your surroundings and avoid areas that increase your chances of being assaulted.
- Never flaunt your wealth such as watches and jewellery in public as this might draw attention to theft. Keep valuable especially jewellery out of sight.
Scams and Conmen
- Do not fall for anything that sounds too good to be true such as fortune telling, magical talismans or objects like ‘magic stone’ that can cure illnesses, or any introduction to get-rich-quick schemes. If you are suspicious, check it out with the police by noting the descriptions of the culprit, e.g. their appearance, complexion, clothing, mannerism, movements and other physical details. This will help the police to identify the culprit later.
- Never give personal numbers like credit card, NRIC, bank account number to anyone over the phone.
- Do not let anyone rush you into buying anything-insurance policy, contract, sales agreement. Read it carefully and have someone you trust to check it over.
- Never buy ‘winning’ 4-D tickets from strangers, as these tickets are likely to be forged or tampered with.
If crime appears uninvited to you, it is vital that you should not fight back as you can easily sustain serious injuries, even death, in resisting. Remain calm and try to memorise the assailant’s appearance. Call the police immediately once you are safe to do so.
For assistance, call the Police at 999 or the nearest Neighbourhood Police Post/Centre. Family members can play a key role by constantly updating their elders on the latest crime trend and their modus operandi, so that these confidence tricksters do not take them in so easily.
Explain the crime prevention measures to elderly members in your family, as they could be victims of tricksters and criminals. Help them to be aware so that they can protect themselves and continue to live their golden years in happiness.
Be part of our Crime Prevention Ambassador Programme to play your part in keeping Singapore safe and secure for all.