Prevent Terrorism

Safety and Security Watch Group (SSWG) Scheme


In today’s security climate, the targets of choice for terrorists are not heavily-guarded government key installations or so-called “hard targets”. Rather, terrorists have been targeting “soft targets” such as public areas, private establishments and places with high volumes of human traffic. There are numerous examples globally – JW Marriott Hotel bombings in Jakarta in 2003; Bali Bombings in 2001 and 2005; London bombings in 2005.

Since 2001, in addition to enhancing security at key installations, the Singapore Government has implemented various measures to raise the overall level of security in Singapore . However, this is not enough as resources are finite and the security forces cannot be everywhere. The community and private sector must do their part too. As in crime prevention, terrorism prevention is a shared responsibility. There is a need for all buildings in Singapore to be tactically hardened against potential terrorist attacks.

In November 2003, the Security Watch Group (SWG) Scheme was introduced as mainly a Police-networking platform for the commercial sector to collaborate on the target-hardening of their premises where they operate their businesses. Buildings are grouped into SWG clusters. Within each SWG cluster, buildings undergo the three-step process of threat assessment, auditing of systems and the streamlining of operations through the pooling of resources.

Nonetheless despite the good rapport with the business community to fight crime and terrorism threats, there is still a discernible level of threat in the security climate. Hence there is a critical need to bring the existing mode of engagement with the business community through the SWG network to a higher level, by adopting a broader and more holistic Home Team approach in it. As a result, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was roped in to jointly administer in the scheme.

Beginning in November 2006, the SWG Scheme underwent an upgrading exercise to incorporate both safety and security aspects of the Police and SCDF, and become officially known as the Safety and Security Watch Group (SSWG) Scheme. Through this conversion, the business community will be better equipped with robust measures to fight crime and terrorism threats effectively as well as become more confident to tackle future crisis incident.

As at Dec 2015, there are 1337 member buildings from 156 SSWG clusters.

Please click on the following links to find out more about the SSWG Scheme

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Last Updated on 14 September 2017