This is the crime of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat of force, or by putting the victim in fear.
Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of such crime. The consequences could lead to serious injuries.
how IT happens
- When robbers approach and threatens victims to surrender their valuables.
when IT can happen
IN PUBLIC PLACES
A robbery can happen:
- When victims are distracted / less aware of their surroundings (i.e. looking at mobile phones (with ear phones)).
- When victims flaunt their cash and valuables in public.
The culprit may::
- Approach the victim on the pretext of striking up a conversation or seeking some form of assistance; then takes opportunity to rob.
- Accuse the victim of staring or causing annoyance; and thereafter taken to a secluded place to be robbed.
- Lure the victim by claiming to be a relative or friend, before bringing them to a secluded place to rob them.
- Divert victim's attention (i.e. stains or dirt on their clothes), and takes the opportunity to rob.
- Loiter at lift landings or void decks to ambush their victims when they are waiting to take the lift.
The culprit may::
- Enter or force through unsecured doors or other entrances.
- Wait for the victim to enter/ leave the premises, and then forcing his way in together with the victim.
- Impersonate as a public servant or door-to-door salesman.
- Enter the premises on the pretext of delivering goods or hampers, using the toilet or telephone, and viewing the premises in response to a newspaper advertisement for rental or sale.
crime prevention tips
WHEN IN PUBLIC PLACES
« Be alert and attentive to your surroundings. Avoid looking at the mobile phone all the time (with earphones).
« Be especially wary when someone walks up to you to ask for some form of help. If someone is following you, head to a crowded area; if someone is trying to get close to you, move away.
« Avoid wearing a lot of jewellery.
« Avoid carrying large sums of cash. If holding large sums of cash, keep them away out of public view.
« When withdrawing money at the ATMs, be on alert of your surroundings. If withdrawing a large amount, immediately keep them away out public view.
« Carry a shrill alarm and activate it or, shout to draw passers-by attention when it is safe to do so.
« If being followed, stay calm and walk towards a high human traffic area or call the Police for help. If possible, observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features.
« If being confronted by a robber, avoid resistance to cause physical harm. Remain calm and surrender your valuables on demand one at a time. Observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features; as well as the direction the suspect went. Call the police for assistance when it is safe to do so.
WHEN YOU ARE ALONE
« Never take short cuts through dark, quite and secluded places.
« Walk in well-lit paths and areas at night, where there are human traffic.
« Avoid going out at night alone. If you have to, go out in a group or get someone trusted to accompany you.
« When returning home late at night, arrange to be escorted from a safe place, (i.e. bus stop, carpark or lift lobby) by a family member or someone trusted.
WHEN TAKING THE LIFT TO GO HOME
« Avoid looking the at mobile phone and stay alert of your surroundings. Be wary of strangers following you or loitering at the lift landing or void decks.
« Avoid entering lifts with a stranger. Let the stranger take the lift and wait for the next one.
« When entering the lift alone, stay close to the lift button panel. Press “Door Open” and step out immediately if a stranger rushes in as the lift door is closing.
WHEN IN HOME
« Always deal with strangers through a locked grille gate.
« Padlock the grille gates so that the culprit cannot rush or force his way in. when the main door is left opened.
« Never open doors to strangers. Use the door viewer to have a good look at the stranger. Talk to the stranger with a chain latch/door limiter fastened if it is available.
« Always verify the identity of anyone claiming to be a public servant, door-to-door salesman or representative from other organisations. Call their organisation through the number obtained from the telephone directory. Never rely on the number a stranger gives you.
« Inform family members in advance if someone unknown is being sent to the house.
« Help to educate and remind your elderly folks to avoid being a victim of robbery. The elderly especially, are more vulnerable to greater injuries.
Call Police for assistance if you are a witness or if you are victim of such crimes. Do it from a safe distance and/ or location.
Stay calm and observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features; as well as the suspect's location or the direction the suspect went.
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