Arrested: 2 men suspected of robbing elderly guy of $10,000, phone and gold chain in Hougang

Chew Hui Min
The Straits Times
Friday, Sep 3, 2016

Two men suspected of robbery at Hougang have been arrested, police said.

A 62-year-old man reported that he was robbed of $10,000 cash, a mobile phone and a gold chain at Block 2, Hougang Avenue 3 on Tuesday at about midnight.

Police identified two suspects, aged 31 and 33, who were arrested at 4.35pm at Blk 115 Bedok North Road.

Cash of about $8,000 were seized from both men.

If found guilty of robbery, they can be jailed between three to 14 years, and caned 12 strokes or more.

Read also: 30-year-old man arrested for allegedly punching, kicking and robbing woman in Orchard

The police advise the public to adopt the following crime prevention measures to avoid falling prey to robbers:

Remain alert to their surroundings, and be wary of suspicious people loitering.

Avoid ostentatious displays of wealth, for example, wearing expensive jewellery or exposing large amounts of cash in public.

Avoid walking through dimly-lit, quiet and secluded places.

Carry a shrill alarm to sound for help.

When returning home alone or late at night, arrange for a family member or trusted friend to escort you home.

If you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm. Proceed to a crowded area or call the police for assistance.

If confronted by a thief, stay calm and take note of his or her appearance, attire, height, or any other distinctive physical features if possible. Call the police as soon as possible so that officers can reach the location quickly to assist.

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