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Expect security checks at Christmas parties

Expect greater police presence at Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay

There will be greater police presence and increased checks on bags and personal belongings this festive period, especially on Christmas Eve on Saturday and Christmas Day on Sunday.

Police officers, auxiliary police officers and security officers will be deployed for crowd control, alongside officers from the Protective Security Command and Emergency Response Teams, the police said yesterday.

Women are also advised to be vigilant against molesters.

The police warned of previous incidents where individuals sprayed foam into victims' eyes before molesting them.

You are advised to cooperate with security personnel during checks, and to be considerate to others and not engage in activities that may cause annoyance or compromise other people's safety.

As large crowds are expected at Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay, plan for slow traffic when leaving the area.

Crowd control barricades and direction signs will be in place and you are advised to be patient. You are also asked to remain vigilant against crime.

Simple crime prevention measures include looking after personal belongings at all times; staying close to friends or moving around in groups, being cautious of strangers when approached, and avoiding contact with unruly crowds.

WHO DO YOU CALL?

If you spot anything or anyone suspicious, report it to the Internal Security Department (1800-2626-473), or police by calling 999 or sending a text message to 71999, if it is unsafe to talk.

You can also approach any police officer or dial 999 for urgent assistance.

Download the SGSecure app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to provide information to the authorities.

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