Prevent Crime

Outrage of Modesty

Your report discloses an offence of outraging of modesty (OM). 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, 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 Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) or Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP).

If your case is being investigated, 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 Police make inquiry to uncover what has happened in a crime case. Police conduct investigations to find out the truth behind an allegation and whether there is evidence that a criminal offence has been committed During an investigation, the Police will make inquiries to uncover what has happened in a crime case. 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 INVESTIGATIONS?

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

HOW SOON WILL I KNOW THAT THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE COMPLETED?

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

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE 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 of the outcome of the investigations. 

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

By being aware and taking preventive measures, a person can reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of sexual crime.

Safety At Your Residence

Some preventive measures you can take include:
  • Always keep grille gates, doors and windows locked.
  • Install and use a door viewer, latch chain or door limiter to the main door.
  • Always check the identity of a caller. In the case of service calls, ask for proper identification and verify it by contacting the company the person claims to be from. Do not let the person in if you feel uneasy.
  • Never allow strangers into the house.
  • Never reveal you are alone at home or information concerning family members to strangers.

Safety In The Lift

Some preventive measures you can take include:
  • Avoid taking the lift with a stranger. Let the stranger take the lift and wait for the next one;
  • If alone in the lift, stand near to the lift buttons. Press the ‘DOOR OPEN’ button and exit if a stranger rushes in as the door is closing.
  • When coming home late at night, ask a family member to wait at the bus stop, carpark, or lift landing to escort you home.

Safety On Public Transport

Some preventive measures you can take include:
  • Be alert and attentive to your surroundings. When possible, move away if someone stands or sits exceptionally close to you;
  • If you are molested, shout for help immediately and activate a shrill alarm to increase the chances of apprehending the culprit early. Call ‘999’ as soon as possible; and
  • Approach the station manager or contact Police for assistance if you see any suspicious looking passenger.

Safety in Public Places

Some preventive measures you can take include:
  • Never take short cuts through dark and deserted places. Keep to well-lit areas where there are people and traffic.
  • Do not jog in secluded areas.
  • Always be alert and attentive to the surroundings. If you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to the nearest open business premises, crowded area or call the Police to seek help.
  • When returning home late at night, arrange for a family member to wait at the bus stop, carpark or lift landing to escort you home.
  • Carry a shrill alarm with you and use it to scare off the culprit or to attract the attention of passer-bys.

Safety On Internet / Telephone Chatlines

Young girls have been molested or raped on their first date by people they had known through the Internet or through telephone chatlines. Some preventive measures you can take include:
  • Never agree to meet anyone you know through Facebook, internet chats or telephone chatline in person. If there is a need to meet the other person, do so in a group and in a crowded place.
  • Never reveal any information about yourself and your family.

Parents should warn children of the dangers of internet chat. They should also supervise their use of the Internet and telephone. Subscribe to a call barring service to bar certain calls from being made.

Last Updated on 21 April 2016