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Singapore - Crime and Safety

In general, Singapore is not a dangerous country. In fact, the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) called Singapore is the 2nd least risky country in Asia in 2010. It is also considered to be one of the “least corrupt” cities in the world. Although there are many fines in place for smoking in public, jaywalking, chewing gum, it has an extremely low crime rate.

If you have any trouble, you should call 999 for immediate help. However, 999 should only be called if it is a true emergency. A true emergency is classified as seeing a crime in progress, if someone has been seriously injured, is a further crime might be committed, if you know where someone who is suspected of a crime is, or if you observe a suspicious person in a public place.

Some of the most common crimes in Singapore include petty crime such as street theft and pickpocketing. This generally occurs at places such as tourist destinations, public transportation, and airports. Mobile phones were once one of the main targets of robberies, but the Singapore Police Force reports that these crimes have been reduced thanks to stricter law enforcement and awareness. It is very rare to hear about violent crime in Singapore.

There aren’t many drug related crimes in Singapore, either. Because the country is a financial services and transportation center, however, it can be a venue for money laundering. Other financial crimes are also on the rise and, in fact, the Global Economic Crime Survey in 2007 reported that nearly 19% of the companies in Singapore have been victims of economic crime. Some of these crimes include money laundering, IP infringement, bribery, and corruption.

There is a threat of terrorist attacks in Singapore, seeing as to how it is a financial center. Terrorists can target foreigners as well as major financial institutions and well-known national sights. However, the threat of these attacks is not any more significant than it is in other major cities around the world.

In 2008, there were only 8 homicide cases and all of them were solved. There were also a few cases of rape and motor vehicle thefts. Phone scams, crimes against the elderly and theft from vehicles are rare but do happen.

If you plan on visiting Singapore, it is not necessary to register with your foreign embassy but many people do. It is advisable to do this if you plan on staying there, or living there, for an extended period of time. If you’re from the United States then enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program can keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements. Enrolling will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy
27 Napier Road, Singapore 258508
Telephone: [65] 6476-9100
Facsimile: [65] 6476-9340
Emergency after-hours telephone: [65] 6476-9100

British High Commission in Singapore
100 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247919

If you are a victim of a crime then you should report it to the local police as well as to your embassy. An embassy or consulate can help you replace a stolen passport, help you find medical care in cases of violent crimes, put you in contact with police authorities, and help you understand the legal system and direct you to attorneys.

When you’re in a foreign country, you’re subject to their laws as well as their penalties. There are quite a few laws ignorance of could get you in trouble. Of course, driving under the influence of alcohol can get you arrested, but you might be taken in for questioning if you are caught without proper identification on your (including your passport). You can also be arrested for spitting, jaywalking, or littering. Vandalism incurs a mandatory caning sentence, although these are not imposed on foreign nationals. Many narcotic offenses carry a mandatory death sentence.

The Singapore Police Force, or SPF, are responsible for maintaining law and order in Singapore. Police officers are armed when conducting regular uniformed patrols and plainclothes duties. They also carry batons and handcuffs. Citizens do not carry firearms.

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