Crowded roads, shops and malls are a happy hunting ground for pickpockets who take advantages of busy distracted shoppers to take off with their wallets, mobile phones and other valuables.
To help cut down on the number of such incident, police are urging the public to follow the five safety tips below in order to better protect their valuables:
1.When on busy streets or public places, it is best to keep money, credit cards or mobile phones in the front pockets of your clothes.
2.Never keep all of your money, credit cards or personal documents (passport and identity card) in the same bag unless absolutely necessary, since your bag makes you a target for theft.
3.It is never safe to let your bag out of your sight. It is better to use a crossbody bag as its design helps you avoid becoming a victim of theft.
4.Never leave your personal belongings unattended in a public area (eg. when you visit crowded places such as malls).
5.Avoid dark and crowded places. Also, big shopping malls, bars and pubs may present some danger, particularly if they are crowded.
Citizens are encouraged to cooperate and inform the Police by calling the Citizen’s Communication Line at 1460 or the emergency telephone number at 112 and 199.