setting up of a National Crime Prevention Council was first
proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in its Addendum to
the Presidential Address to Parliament released on 9 Feb 1981.
The proposed council would comprise influential representatives
from the commercial, manufacturing, construction and insurance
sectors, the security industry, the Police and the Ministry
of Home Affairs. A main aim of the council was to increase public
co-operation in the prevention of crimes.
on 4 Jul 1981, the National Crime Prevention Council was inaugurated
by the then Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Chua Sian Chin with
the objectives of:
level of public awareness and concern about crime
self-help in crime prevention
and recommend crime prevention measures suitable to the
efforts of organisations in crime prevention
Council is established as a non-profitable voluntary organisation
to represent leading figures from the private and public sectors
and government. It is officially recognised by government,
functioning under the auspices of Ministry of Home Affairs
is governed by an approved constitution. It is also duly registered
as a public body with the Registrar of Societies.
Council identifies problems of crime, studies and makes recommendations
for its prevention. It assumes an advisory role and formulates
necessary guidelines for crime prevention. The measures and
strategies undertaken by the Council complement the role of
the Police in its overall mission to against crime.
Police will not be able to fight crime effectively on its own.
The Council views crime prevention as the responsibility of
everyone - the Police, the various businesses/organisations
and public alike. Through its messages and programmes, it is
hoped that individuals would be made aware of their responsibility
and role in the fight against crime. Working together as a community
is the best way to ensure that Singapore remains a safe and
secure home for all of us