Prevent Crime

Robbery

Your report has disclosed an offence of robbery. 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.

Robbery is the taking of a person’s property through force or threat. A robber can use force to either physically attack or intimidate the victim into giving up his or her property. Robbery is a serious crime that can result in:

  • Physical harm;
  • Emotional trauma; and
  • Loss of property

Robbers rely on the element of surprise and force when they strike.

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

Once a Police report is lodged at a Neighborhood Police Centre (NPC) or Neighborhood 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 of the common modus operandi of robbers, as well as some crime prevention advice to follow so as to avoid falling victim to robbery in the future:

  1. Robbery in Premises
    Some common methods used include:
    • Entering or forcing through unsecured doors or other entrances.
    • Waiting for the victim to enter or leave the premises and then forcing his way in together with the victim.
    • Impersonating as a public servant or door-to-door salesman.
    • Entering the premises on the pretext of delivering goods or hampers, using the toilet or telephone, or viewing the premises in response to a newspaper advertisement for rental or sale.

    • Crime Prevention Advice:
    • Grille gates should be padlocked so that the culprit cannot rush or force his way in when the door is opened. Always deal with strangers through a locked grille gate.
    • Never open doors to strangers. Use the door viewer to have a good look at the stranger. Talk to the stranger with a chain latch/door limiter fastened if it is available.
    • Verify the identity of anyone who claims to be a public servant, door-to-door salesman or representative from other organisations. Call his organisation through the number obtained from your telephone directory. Do not rely on the number that he gives you.
    • Inform family members in advance if someone unknown is being sent to the house.

  2. Lift Robbery
    Some common methods used include:
    • Loitering at lift landings or void decks to ambush the victim while he or she is waiting to take the lift.
    • Entering the lift as the lift door is closing and robbing the victim when he or she is confined in it.

    • Crime Prevention Advice:
    • Be wary of strangers loitering at lift landings or void decks.
    • When returning home late, arrange for a relative or friend to escort you home.
    • When taking the lift alone, stand beside the lift control panel. Press the ‘DOOR OPEN’ button to exit if any stranger rushes in. If this is not possible, exit at the next lift landing to use the staircase or wait for the next lift.
    • Avoid wearing excessive jewelry or carrying large sums of cash when going out alone.

  3. Robbery in Public Places
    Some common methods used include:
    • Luring the victim by claiming to be a relative or friend, before bringing them to a secluded place to rob them of their valuables.
    • Accusing victims of staring, causing annoyance, or starting a quarrel, before bringing them to a secluded place to rob them of their valuables.
    • Using the pretext of asking for road directions, time, assistance, and taking the opportunity to rob you.
    • Directing your attention to a foreign substance such as ketchup, mustard or ice-cream on your clothes and taking the opportunity to rob you.

    • Crime Prevention Advice:
    • Avoid wearing excessive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash or valuables when going out alone.
    • Avoid dark, quiet and secluded places.
    • Avoid travelling alone and remain in a group, whenever possible.
    • Children should not wear expensive watches, jewelry or carry large amounts of cash.
    • Carry a shrill alarm with you and use it to deter the culprit or to attract the attention of passer-bys.

    • If you are confronted by a robber in the future, do remember the following:
    • Remain calm. Do not resist if the criminal is armed.
    • Note the description of the criminal, e.g. his appearance, complexion, clothing, height, age and other physical details. This will help the Police identify the criminal later.
    • Take note of the criminal’s direction and mode of escape. If a vehicle is used, record the registration number, color and make of the vehicle.

Call the Police at ‘999’ or your nearest NPC immediately when it is safe to do so.

Last Updated on 14 September 2017