Twelve men, aged between 22 and 59, will be charged in court on 24 August 2018 and 27 August 2018 for twelve separate cases of outrage of modesty reported between January 2017 and July 2018.

Between January and June 2018, there were 832 reported cases of outrage of modesty, an increase of 147 cases (or 21.5%) compared to the same period last year. 105 of these cases were reported on public transport, while 63 of these cases were reported at public entertainment outlets, an increase of 32 cases (or 43.8%) and 17 cases (or 37%) respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

Be aware of your surroundings and of any suspicious person(s).

Avoid walking through dimly-lit and secluded places or taking the lift with a stranger.

Have someone escort you home when returning alone late at night.

Carry a shrill alarm.

When patronizing public entertainment outlets or taking public transport:

Be alert and attentive to your surroundings. Where possible, move away if someone stands or sits exceptionally close to you.

If you are molested, seek help immediately from those around you. Take note of the prominent features and attire of the suspect as well as the direction in which he or she went. Call '999' as soon as possible to increase the chances of apprehending the suspect early. If it is safe to do so, the victim or other witnesses of the crime may assist to detain the suspect while waiting for the Police to arrive.

Anyone convicted for the offence of outrage of modesty under Section 354(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with caning, or with any combination of such punishments.

Source: Singapore Police Force