Singapore

Maids learn to prevent crime at workshop

Foreign domestic workers are helping to prevent crime in Singapore, with several volunteering as ambassadors and featuring in crime prevention videos.

The videos on how to deal with scams and illegal trespass were shared with participants of the fifth Domestic Guardian Watchgroup workshop organised by the Bedok Police Division yesterday.

Around 320 maids attended the workshop at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Paya Lebar.

It was aimed at equipping them with knowledge and skills to create a safe and secure environment.

Participants learnt how to prevent common crimes such as housebreaking, trespass and scams, as well as how to safeguard against unlicensed moneylenders.

The workshop included briefings by the Ministry of Manpower on working and living in Singapore and by the National Environment Agency on preventing the spread of dengue.

CPR

The Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training and encouraged domestic workers to register as first responders.

Senior Staff Sergeant Ghaffari Nazarudin, a Crime Prevention Unit officer at Bedok South Neighbourhood Police Centre and a member of the organising committee for the workshop, said: "The domestic helpers have benefited a lot from this event because once they have attained this knowledge, they are able to pass it to their friends."

Ms Milagros Bangkiat, 57, who is from the Philippines, has attended similar programmes in the past and was among the participants yesterday with her employer of almost 35 years.

"I like attending the first-aid sessions because they are very useful and you can help save lives, and I think the fire prevention sessions are important because if it happens (in your home), you know how to deal with it," she said.

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