An elderly woman in Singapore reportedly became a victim of pickpockets in Chinatown and lost $600 in cash and her credit cards.
Shin Min Daily News reported that the incident happened on 11 January at Chinatown.
They cited a source and reported that the 60-year-old victim had just finished her meal and was walking along Temple Street with her friends.
She then felt like her bag was touched by someone but she paid no heed to it and continued walking, and she later realised that she had been pickpocketed when she reached Smith Street and wanted to eat chicken rice.
She lost the belonging in her backpack, including $600 in cash inside her handbag, her NRIC and credit cards.
A police report was then lodged.
Protect your belongings
While the Police have implemented enhanced security measures, everyone has a critical role to play in ensuring the safety and security of Singapore. The Police would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and adopt the following crime prevention measures:
- Look after your belongings at all times;
- Be cautious when approached by strangers who try to get very close to you;
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing excessive jewellery to crowded places;
- Ensure your bag is closed at all times and sling it in front of you;
- Avoid placing your wallet in your back pocket;
- Avoid contact or confrontation with unruly crowds; and
- Approach any police officer or dial ‘999’ for urgent assistance.