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Police and Emergency Services
Remember: dial 999 for the police; dial 995 for fire/ambulance.
Singapore is a relatively safe place to live in. The crime rate in 1996 was 159 per 10,000 persons. The police force uses a system of community policing to enhance its operations. Most housing estates have Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs). Policemen make regular rounds on foot or bicycles. Extended Police Posts (EPPs) run as extensions to existing NPPs. These are located at community centres, which are open from 8 am to 11 pm daily, and allow the public to lodge reports on crime and related matters. It's a good idea to get the number and location of your nearest NPP or EPP.
Some other departments that may be relevant are:
Fire-fighting, rescue and ambulance services are under the charge of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). The SCDF has also expanded its services to include extrication of accident victims trapped in vehicles, and handling of incidents involving hazardous substances. It has a Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), 4 civil defence divisions and 12 fire stations under its wing. Its other role is to increase public awareness of and participation in civil defence activities, including public shelter and public warning system exercises.
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