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An inter-agency effort is underway to address issues of safety and security where large congregations of foreign workers form, especially near housing estates.
SINGAPORE: An inter-agency effort is underway to address issues of safety and security where large congregations of foreign workers form, especially near housing estates.
Various measures will address the concerns. The measures include providing for workers' recreation needs, stepping up the presence of uniformed officers, involving workers themselves in crime prevention and education on local laws and norms.
Since October 2012, closed-circuit television cameras have been deployed at 20 foreign worker congregation hotspots to complement patrol efforts.
The patrols involve Auxiliary Police Officers and Security Officers who help detect and deter crime, and at the same time provide enforcement against anti-social behaviour like spitting and littering.
A Foreign Workers Ambassador Programme also inducts foreign workers into crime prevention efforts, so they can share the knowledge with fellow workers.
The programme has been implemented in various dormitories and was recently introduced in Nee Soon, where ambassadors assist in mediating disputes amongst workers.
Some foreign workers also volunteer with Citizens-on-Patrol groups to spread crime-prevention messages.