"Maintaining a low crime rate in Singapore cannot be achieved by NCPC alone. We will continue to partner closely with the Police and public at large to bring safety and security to our society."Mr Tan Kian Hoon, Chairman, NCPC
In 2015, overall crime increased by 1,293 cases or 4%, to 33,608 cases. Although Violent/Serious Property Crimes and Housebreaking and Related Crimes were at the lowest levels in 20 years, online crimes continued to escalate. Records by the Singapore Police Force showed that Internet Love Scam cases jumped by 93.4%, with the total sum cheated reaching $12 million. In fact, one of the victims lost close to $528,000.
In recent years, crimes have been quickly shifting into cyberspace and constantly evolving. Without a doubt, our fight against the wrongdoers is far from over. NCPC’s anti-scam campaign, started in 2014, was further strengthened to include 3 television commercials, animation videos on the top scams, community outreach events, as well as publicity on social media and at public places. Initiatives to increase awareness had to be intense all year round as scammers were always finding new ways to prey on the innocent. A good example is Credit-for-Sex Scam which increased by 1,723% to 1,203 cases in 2015. Almost $2.9 million was cheated, with the largest single amount at approximately $74,000.
NCPC recognises the importance of educating Singaporeans on crime prevention from a young age. In 2015, we celebrated the 10th edition of Delta League. Since 2011, more than 12,000 youths have gone through the programme to play football and more importantly, learn about social responsibility and staying away from crime. To engage more students, NCPC also organised its very first mobile game design competition. Participants learned about cyber wellness by developing educational mobile game apps catered for primary and secondary school children.
NCPC’s mission is to work in partnership with the community and the Police to prevent crime. Our Neighbourhood Watch Zones (NWZ) cover 96% of residential estates in Singapore and the number of zones has grown steadily from 26 in 1997 to 739 in 2015. Many NWZs implemented effective crime prevention initiatives to keep the community safe and they were recognised at the annual NWZ awards ceremony.
Maintaining a low crime rate in Singapore cannot be achieved by NCPC alone. We will continue to partner closely with the Police and public at large to bring safety and security to our society. It has been another fulfilling year for all of us at the NCPC; thanks to the strong support from our partners, sponsors and the community. As we press on to help prevent crime, we look forward to an exciting new financial year to commemorate the 35th anniversary of NCPC and 30th anniversary of Crime Watch.
MR TAN KIAN HOON
JP, BBM(L), PBM
National Crime Prevention Council