The Police have arrested a 16-year-old teenager for his suspected involvement in a case of loanshark harassment.

On 24 November 2019, the Police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment where the door and gate of a residential unit along Rivervale Crescent, were splashed with red paint and loanshark-related graffiti were found scrawled on the wall outside the unit.

Through investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identity of the teenager and arrested him on 10 December 2019.

Investigations are ongoing. Under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010), first time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment shall be fined not less than $5,000 and not more than $50,000 with mandatory imprisonment of up to 5 years, and mandatory caning of up to 6 strokes.

The Police have zero tolerance for loanshark harassment activities. Those who deliberately vandalise properties, and cause annoyance or disruption to public safety, peace and security, will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law.

Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not work with or assist them in any way. The public can call the Police at '999' or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.

Source: Singapore Police Force