Large crowds are expected in the vicinity of Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Gardens by the Bay on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (24 December and 25 December 2017).

To ensure the safety and security of the public, Police officers, Auxiliary Police officers, and security officers will be deployed for crowd control. Officers from the Protective Security Command, Emergency Response Teams and the Special Operations Command will also be patrolling during this period.

For security reasons, bags and personal items may be checked by security personnel. The public is advised to cooperate with them to facilitate these checks.

Members of the public are advised to be vigilant against opportunists who may commit molest. There were previous incidents where individuals had sprayed foam into victims' eyes before committing molest.

The public is also reminded to be considerate to others and avoid engaging in activities that may cause annoyance or compromise the safety of others. The Police will not hesitate to take action against any person who commits crime or creates a nuisance to the public.

Dispersal will be slow due to large crowds. Crowd control barricades and direction signs will be put up to facilitate safe and orderly dispersal. The public is advised to exercise patience and cooperate with the instructions given by security personnel.

While the Police have enhanced the security measures, every member of the public has a critical role to play in ensuring the safety and security of Singapore. The Police would like to remind the public to remain vigilant against crime and adopt the following crime prevention measures:

Look after your belongings at all times;

Be cautious when approached by strangers;

Stay close to your friends or move around in groups;

Avoid contact with unruly crowds and

Approach any Police officer or dial '999' for urgent assistance.

As we enjoy the festivities, we urge everyone to #StayAlert, #StayUnited and #StayStrong in our fight against crime and terrorism. Please report suspicious persons and activities to the Internal Security Department (1800-2626-473) or the Police (call 999 or SMS to 71999). Members of the public can also download the SGSecure App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to provide information to the authorities.

Source: Singapore Police Force