Prevent Crime

Housebreaking

Your report discloses an offence of housebreaking. This page provides you with information on what the Police are doing to follow up on your case, as well as some of the measures you can take to avoid falling victim to such crimes again in the future.

NOW THAT I HAVE LODGED A POLICE REPORT, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Once a Police report is lodged at a Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) or Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP) our officers will provide you with a copy of the Police report and advise you on the next course of action. If your case was reported through the '999' Police Emergency Line, you will not be given a copy of the recorded transcripts. If you require a written report for your record, you can lodge a Police report at any NPC or NPP.

If your case is under investigation, the Investigation Officer in-charge of the case will inform you of the preliminary status of your case within 7 working days. He will also keep you updated on the subsequent developments of your case.

An investigation is the process where the Police make inquiries to uncover what has happened. Police conduct investigations to find out the truth behind an allegation and whether there is evidence that a criminal offence has been committed.

Our officers may conduct interviews to obtain details of the case. What a witness says during an interview may be recorded in a Police statement for future reference.

IF I HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE CASE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have further leads or information on your case, you should inform the Investigation Officer in-charge of the case promptly. If you are unsure who the Investigation Officer in-charge of your case is, you may call the phone number reflected in your Police report, or on the Case Card.

WHO CAN BE CALLED UP FOR INVESTIGATION?

Anyone whom our officers believe has knowledge of the facts of the case may be called up for investigations. The length of the Police interview would depend on the nature of the case and how much information the Police require from the person(s) being interviewed.

WHEN WILL I KNOW THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED?

This will depend on the nature and the prevailing circumstances of the case. For instance, if there are several suspects involved or a series of crimes have been committed, the investigation may take a longer time to complete. Our officers will keep you informed of the key milestones and the outcome of investigation in writing.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED?

If there is sufficient evidence that a criminal offence has taken place, our officers will charge the suspect(s) in court. On the other hand, if no offence can be substantiated, our officers will cease the investigation. Our officers will write to the victim(s) of the crime and/or the complainant(s) to inform him/her of the outcome of the investigation.

WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID FALLING VICTIM TO SUCH CRIMES IN THE FUTURE?

Here are some measures you can take to avoid falling victim to housebreaking in the future.

How It Can Happen
  • Forcing open windows, grille gates or doors.
  • Cutting padlocks, iron grilles or wire mesh.
  • Gaining entry through the refuse chute, false ceiling or ventilation openings.
  • Gaining entry through an unoccupied neighbouring unit / shop.

Physical Protection
  • Main doors should be of solid construction and fitted with a good quality mortise lock with dead bolting feature (where a key is needed to lock and unlock the door).
  • Reinforce all doors with iron grille gates together with a metal clasp and a close-shackle padlock.
  • Install hinge bolts or weld the hinges of grille gates to prevent lifting.
  • Fix a door viewer, latch chain and surface latches on the main doors.
  • Install iron grilles with good quality key-operated locks for all windows.
  • Install a burglar alarm system.

Preventive Measures
  • Lock all the doors and windows when leaving your home unattended, even for a short while.
  • Keep large sums of cash in banks and jewellery in a safe deposit box.
  • Do not hide keys under the door mat, in a flower pot or on top of the electricity meter box outside the house.
  • Do not leave notes outside your house announcing absence from home.
  • Suspend or cancel all home deliveries (e.g. newspapers) when you are away from home. Otherwise, arrange to have someone pick up your newspapers or mail that are left on your doorstep.
  • Change all locks when your house keys are lost or stolen.
  • Ask your immediate neighbours to keep an eye on your house for any unusual occurrences.
  • Let your neighbours know that you are going to be away, the duration of your absence and how you can be contacted if necessary.
Last Updated on 21 April 2016