Crime in Singapore: why I’m disappointed with SPF

Last night a woman was stabbed to death at a basketball court at Woodlands soon after celebrating the Mooncake Festival with her family.

Such brutal attacks are becoming increasingly common. Our memories are short. But just recently two men were slashed in Kallang, leaving one dead. Another was similarly attacked in the Selegie area.

There’ll be more of such attacks. 


Crime occurs because of a perceived opportunity. And in Singapore because of a lack of a VISIBLE police presence, there are plenty of such opportunities to tempt criminal elements. 

Sitting behind desks and commuting in patrol cars is no real substitute for active and involved patrols on the streets and nooks and corners of our vast public housing estates. 

The police may cite statistics to prove that the crime rate is low so any alarm is misplaced. 

However, the families of murdered victims will take scant comfort in this. 

One murdered victim is one too many. 

I’m disappointed with our police force. 

Isn’t it far better to deter and prevent crime?


5 Responses to “Crime in Singapore: why I’m disappointed with SPF”

  1. I for one had my lack of faith in SPF a long time ago.
    What’s is moe ironic, is that was before the NPP started to “disappear” or close during part of the day and with it the
    patrols that we grew up with.

    We are not anywhere near to be a gracious society. How to ? Not with “un-controlled” immigration.

    The “bad-hats” will be enbolden as time goes by. Yes, onece in awhile, when the noise get a little louder, somebody will organise an excerise. Maybe, when the ICT of enough NSmen could be activated….

    Why do I sound so piss, sorry I meant pessimistic. 1st hand encounters & obersevations. Too bad, I am “too-old” to volunteer.

  2. Thanks for your insights. SPF must dust off its Mission Statement and Vision, and strive to improve in areas where there are shortcomings.

  3. This ‘visible police presence’ is unaccepted by many tourists because the concern is that the country is a ‘police state’.

    A prof. friend who came here in early 2000s had expected ‘policemen at every corner of the island, watching guard and trying to catch law-breakers.’

    He was surprised and happy. He didn’t see a single cop.

    Question is. Who do you want to please?

    • The issue here is that they have to uphold law and order. Now SPF is just content with fire fighting instead of taking concerted measures to prevent fires from breaking out in the first place.

  4. The police can go plain-clothes, why must they wear uniforms and act as deterrent? Clever crooks will check there is no uniformed personnel before committing their crime. Even we check there is no summon auntie before displaying our car coupon right?

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