The overall crime rate in Singapore fell 2.1 per cent between January and June in 2016 from the same period last year, according to a press release on mid-year crime statistics from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday (Aug 29).

The fall was largely driven by a fall in violent and serious property crimes, housebreaking crimes, and theft crimes, MHA said.

However, it added that the number of crimes against persons, commercial crimes and miscellaneous crimes had risen compared to a year ago.

INCREASE IN INTERNET-RELATED SCAMS

The number of cases involving online scams also rose, with "Internet Love Scam" cases rising by 98.7 per cent to 298 cases in 2016.

Cases of cheating involving e-commerce increased by 13.4 per cent to 1,145 cases.

"The Singapore Police Force (SPF) adopts a multi-pronged approach of tough enforcement action, community partnership and public education to combat Internet-related scams," the press release said.

It added that the SPF is working closely with the National Crime Prevention Council, other law enforcement agencies, schools, parents and community partners to raise awareness of the scams.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

In other statistics, the number of fatal traffic accidents fell 12.0 per cent from the same period last year.

The number of traffic accidents involving elderly pedestrians, however, increased.

INCREASE IN NEW DRUG ABUSERS UNDER 30

There was also an increase in the number of new drug abusers under 30 years old.

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 1,778 drug abusers in the first half of this year. This was an increase of 3.6 per cent from the 1,717 drug abusers it arrested in the same period last year.

About 41 per cent or 729 of all drug abusers arrested were new abusers. Among the new abusers, 66.5 per cent or 485 were below 30 years old. The number of new abusers below 30 years old increased by 8.7 per cent

Meanwhile, the Singapore Civil Defence Force responded to 2,146 fire calls in the first half of 2016, a 10.8 per cent fall from the 2,406 fire calls in the same period last year.

The number of Emergency Medical Services calls continued to increase. In the first half of this year, the number of ambulance calls that SCDF responded to increased by about 8 per cent to 88,192 from the same period last year.

The total number of immigration offenders arrested continued to decrease. In the first half of 2016, the number of arrests fell by about 36.6 per cent from the same period last year.

"Our law and order situation remains favourable. Nevertheless, Singapore continues to face various threats, especially terrorism. The community has a key role to keep Singapore safe and secure," MHA said.

The ministry added that the SGSecure national movement will be officially launched next month and will sensitise, train and mobilise Singaporeans in preventing and dealing with a terror attack.

Source: Government of Singapore