Man charged with loanshark harassment after leaving debtor's note: 'You don't even try me'

A 41-year-old man was charged in court on Jan 25 for loanshark harassment.

The police said they were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment on Jan 18, at around 1pm, where a debtor's note was left behind at a residential unit along Serangoon Avenue 4.

Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio and Bedok Police Division established the man's identity and arrested him on Jan 23.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is also believed to be involved in other similar cases of loanshark harassment.

First-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment face a fine 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 or disrupt 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 loansharks and not to work with or assist them in any way.

Those who suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities can call the police at '999' or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664.