The police launches "smart clubbing" campaign to fight common crimes on night spots, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Employees on night spots are trained to be more vigilant for those who are intoxicated to take care of themselves and to be proactive in order to prevent disputes from escalating into fights.

Clubgoers will also be greeted with posters and bulletin boards warning them of ordinary crimes on public places of entertainment, in an attempt to reduce crimes in these areas.

These are some of the attempts to combat common crimes related to public places of entertainment – such as molestation, theft and riots – in a "smart clubbing" campaign launched by the police on Wednesday (5 September).

The campaign is supported by the National Council for Crime Prevention and major public entertainment venues in Clarke Quay, Orchard Road, Marina Bay and Sentosa.

The launch also revealed a campaign video with local artiste Irene Ang, as a clubber who takes measures to protect himself against molestation, theft and fighting.

The effort comes after the bi-annual crime statistics released last month showed that the cases of mistreatment on night spots increased by 37 percent compared to the same period last year, from 46 cases to 63 cases.

These cases are therefore "one major crime that the police will continue to do their job," said Ms. Sun Xueling, senior secretary of state for Home Affairs and National Development, on Wednesday at the launch on Zouk.

She added that theft and violent crimes such as riots, injuries and serious injuries such as the crimes of care on or in the vicinity of night spots remain.

A large proportion of the violent cases tend to appear in the early hours, she added, citing how one in two serious cases with serious injuries and three of four riot cases of nightmares last year occurred between 03.00. and 05.00.

Ms. Sun also noted that combating such crimes is a "shared responsibility" between companies and individuals, in addition to the efforts of the police.

While entrepreneurs have a crucial role to play in raising awareness through noticeboards and posters with crime advice in their fields, individuals also have to take personal responsibility to protect themselves against a victim of crime, she added.

"Sometimes a memory is all that is needed to prevent yourself or your friends from becoming a victim of crime," she said.

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