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An act of vandalism at Bedok Point shopping mall atrium has been dramatically caught on tape. The building management says a police report has been filed.
SINGAPORE: An act of vandalism at Bedok Point shopping mall atrium has been dramatically caught on tape.
The building management says a police report has been filed.
Some shopkeepers at the mall say this is not the first time that such an incident has happened.
The shocking footage caught on a shop's CCTV around 5am on Sunday shows a young man kicking down a display case at Bedok Point atrium.
About half an hour later, some youngsters are seen helping to put the shelving back, only to bring it down again.
A day later, the aftermath is still evident and damage is estimated at S$1,000.
The shop says it uploaded the CCTV footage to its Facebook page to send a clear message to youngsters, not just to the culprits.
The shop’s manager Mr Chen said: "According to what I've heard, the… teenagers are on alcohol. And according to our CCTV footage, we can see that based on their motions they are kind of unstable. So we can suspect that they have indeed drunk some alcohol.
“It's actually to send a signal across to… youngsters to be more responsible of their actions. After they had... knocked down our shelves, they actually came (back) to try and fix the shelves... So this actually tells us it's not their main intention to destroy our things from the start."
The mall's spokesperson says a fight had broken out at an open area next to a cafe prior to the incident.
Separately, other shop owners say there have been several cases of theft and mischief in the last few months.
Lim Chin Liang, who runs a kiosk shop at Bedok Point, said "some people come and ransack the whole basement, the kiosk shops" after they closed for business. "So all of the shops are quite messy and… some (have) lost their cash," he said.
The culprits have been caught on numerous occasions by security guards. In some cases, they are primary school students and teenagers.
Some shops were vandalised with faeces.
A shopkeeper, who wants to remain anonymous, said: "I saw the faeces…on the floor. They also dirtied the walls. But I just washed it. I told the security, but I forgot to take (a) photo as… evidence. I didn't report (them) to the police, because they were around 15 years old...I hope they know what they're doing."
Some shopkeepers Channel NewsAsia have spoken to say they hope more can be done to beef up security in the mall. For example, they hope more CCTV cameras can be installed or more patrols by security guards.
But others say such incidents have prompted them to take their own extra precautions.
The mall says it will be assisting the police in their investigations into the recent case.