Police received 25 reports of pickpocketing along Orchard Road between 1st January and 31st March. These cases occurred between 10AM and 6PM when the victims were walking in crowded areas, the Singapore Police Force said in a news release on Tuesday.
Police are advising the public to remain vigilant at all times, especially in crowded places. They also have the following tips:
Avoid exposing cash, valuables, or jewellery in public as this might draw unnecessary attention.
Avoid placing your wallet in your back pocket. For ladies, do ensure that your handbag is properly secured or zipped at all times. Cross-sling it in front or clasp it firmly while shopping or walking.
Never leave your valuables unattended on trolleys or strollers while shopping. Unattended valuables make for easy picking.
While having meals, never use valuables such as handphones to reserve seats. Arrange for someone to look after your valuables while ordering food.
Do not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion, bumping into you or accidentally spilling something onto you. Check your valuables immediately if this happens to you.