The Police have arrested two men and three women, aged between 17 and 45, for their suspected involvement in cases of theft from taxis and private-hire cars.

The suspects, who were riding as passengers, distracted the victim by engaging in a conversation or requesting the victim to load/unload items into/from the car boot. They are believed to have used these opportunities to steal items such as wallets and mobile phones placed at or near the centre console of the vehicle.

Taxis and private-hire car drivers are advised to take the following precautionary measures:

Do not put personal valuables (including mobile phones) at or near the vehicles' centre consoles or places within easy reach by the passengers;

Be vigilant in safeguarding your personal valuables and be wary of anyone who may try to distract you;

If you have any information related to this crime, please call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

Source: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE