PARENTS REMINDED TO KEEP CLOSE WATCH
A kindergarten in Hougang has urged parents to take their children's safety seriously.
Nativity Church Kindergarten said in a letter to parents that there had been two incidents of its pupils who went missing after they were released to their parents.
Its principal Irene Leong told The New Paper that the incidents occurred last month.
She said: "The parents panicked after they lost sight of their children who had wandered off, and came back to the teachers for help.
"Thankfully, the kids were still within church premises and were found shortly after."
She added she had sent out the letter so that parents could take better care of their children.
REMIND HELPERS TOO
The letter also stated that domestic helpers have been observed to be engrossed in their mobile phones while walking with the children, and parents are encouraged to remind the helpers to be more attentive. Mrs Leong added: "The domestic helpers who pick up the kids have been seen crossing the road while looking at their phones.
"So since I was sending the parents a letter, I decided to add that in as a reminder."
A police spokesman said that from 2011 to 2013, an average of 2,240 persons were reported missing each year, with 20 per cent of them aged 16 and below.
"The number of persons aged 16 and below who were reported missing has been on the decline, from over 500 in 2011 to just over 420 in 2013," said the spokesman.
"When a report is received on a missing person, the police will immediately conduct inquiries. "
The spokesman added that anyone who wishes to provide information on a missing person can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/CrimeStopper
All information received will be kept strictly confidential.