The Police have arrested a 19-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of loanshark harassment.
On 26 August 2023, the Police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment along Bedok North Avenue 4, where the gate of a residential unit was secured with a bicycle lock and a debtor’s note was pasted at the waterpipe beside the unit. Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from Police cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 30 August 2023. Four bicycle locks, two debtor’s notes, one red marker and one mobile phone were seized as case exhibits.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the man was allegedly involved in other similar cases of loanshark harassments.
The man will be charged in court on 31 August 2023 under the Moneylenders Act 2008. For first-time offenders, the offence of loanshark harassment carries a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, with imprisonment of up to five years, and caning of up to six strokes.
The Police have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment activities. Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance or disruption to public safety, peace and security, will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law.
Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not to work with or assist them in any way. The public can call the Police at ‘999’ or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
30 August 2023 @ 10:55 PM