The Police have arrested a 20-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of snatch theft at Blk 766 Choa Chu Kang North 5.

On 19 January 2017 at about 3.30pm, a 55-year-old woman reported that a man had snatched her necklace when she was entering the lift, and had fled.

Officers from Jurong Division conducted extensive follow-up investigations and enquiries. With the aid of images from Police Cameras (POLCAM), the identity of the suspect was established and he was subsequently arrested on 14 February 2017.

The suspect will be charged in Court on 16 February 2017 with the offence of Snatch Theft under Section 356 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 which is punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than 7 years and shall also be liable to caning.

The Police would like to remind members of the public to adopt the following measures to avoid falling prey to snatch theft:

Avoid walking through dimly lit, quiet and secluded places;

Always be alert and attentive to your surroundings. If you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to a crowded area or call the Police for assistance;

Avoid wearing excessive jewellery or carrying large sums of cash;

Carry your sling bag in front of you, or clasp it firmly under your arm;

When returning home alone or late at night, arrange for a family member or trusted friend to escort you home;

Carry a shrill alarm to sound for help;

When entering the lift alone, stay close to the lift button panel. Press "Door Open" and step out immediately when a stranger rushes in as the lift door is closing;

If you are confronted by a thief, stay calm and take note of his or her appearance, attire, height, or any other distinctive physical features if possible. Call the Police as soon as possible so that our officers can reach the location quickly to assist you.

Source: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE