CNBC released a video on Facebook conducting an actual experiment about Singapore being one of the world’s lowest crime rates.
Singapore is number two in the world’s lowest crime rate next to Tokyo. The main reason why criminals think twice before committing a crime is that the punishment and penalties even to the lowest of crimes are severe. Singaporean government and its armed forces are strict in implementing their laws and boasts of their reputation for being one of the safest places in the world.
Singapore crime rate reached a 30-year low in 2016 with numbers considering petty crimes such as robberies, housebreaking and snatch theft.
CNBC Actual Experiment
The video by CNBC shows that the host left his laptop, cell phone and his wallet at a hawker centre table to reserve his seat and order lunch.
It was 9 AM and most of the stores within the building are closed. As he noticed, closed shops don’t secure their items very well. Shops just put a rope by the entrance with all their items on display at a hand’s reach.
This is also true at the stores within one of the busiest trains in Singapore. Store owners are confident that no one will steal their goods with all the security cameras monitoring almost every corner of the building. After 2 minutes, the host returned to his seat where he left his laptop, cellphone and wallet. All his belongings remain intact.
Mixed opinions brew among netizens both agreeing and disagreeing with the video. Some tourists complain about theft during their visit in Singaporean, while people who spend a long time in Singapore agrees that it’s one of the safest places they’ve ever been. The disagreeing party is understandable since there is no such thing as zero percent crime rate.
In fact, just recently, a bag with a laptop was stolen at a Jollibee in Novena. This theft incident went viral on tweeter with the concerned owner asking for the netizens’ help in locating and identifying the culprit. The incident occurred one day after this video by CNBC was posted.
Hello my bag was stolen by these culprits at Jollibee Novena, if you have any information on this 2 personnel please do drop a DM. What was lost would be my personal items and a Company Laptop which contains Highly Confidential data. Any help is appreciated, Thank you!!!!. pic.twitter.com/MxvRjO4NLo
— Andi Rizal (@Syndicate_Drive) January 23, 2018
Singaporean government continues to remind people to be always cautious of their personal belongings especially in public places.