Man, 24, arrested for loanshark harassment after Bendemeer Road unit is splashed with red paint

A 24-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (July 4) for suspected loanshark harassment after the front gate and door of a residential unit along Bendemeer Road was found splashed with red paint.

A debtor's note had also been left on the wall.

The police said they were alerted to the case on Sunday, at around 11.50pm.

Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Central Police Division established the man's identity and arrested him along Jurong West Street 73.

The man will be charged in court on Thursday under the Moneylenders Act 2008.

First-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment face a fine of between $5,000 and $50,000, with up to five years in jail and up to six strokes of the cane.

The police said they have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment activities.

They added: "Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance and disruption to public safety, peace and security, will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law."

Members of the public are advised to stay away from loan sharks and not to work with or assist them in any way. You can call the police at '999' or the X-Ah Long Hotline at 1800-924-5664 if you suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.