Saturday, January 30, 2016

Is MP Desmond Lee right about our crime status in Singapore?


Is MP Desmond Lee right about our crime status in Singapore?

MP Desmond Lee said that Singapore achieved low crime rate with a lean police force comprising 9,400 regular police officers. He added that this was low compared to other cities such as London, New York and Hong Kong. However, he did not indicate whether crime rate had increased or not.

The mid-year crime statistics released in August 2015 (16,575 cases) was 6.7% more than that of last year during the same period. In the previous year, crime in 2014 increased by 7.4% from 2013. Does the MP think that as long as we have an efficient police to crime rate, Singaporeans can tolerate crime increases?

In a Parliamentary reply in February 2014, we found out that we have about 6000 auxiliary police officers. Perhaps our police force is not so lean after all.