Safety in Singapore

Expats should be more concerned about living costs and the initial effects of culture shock than about their safety in Singapore. The city-state is highly developed, incredibly stable and is one of the world's safest destinations.

Crime in Singapore

According to Singapore police statistics, the already low rate of crimes such as housebreaking and theft continues to decrease, although online-based crimes are on the rise, as is the case in many other countries. Still, most of the crimes reported in Singapore are opportunistic and non-violent.

In fact, expats will find that more often than not the consequences associated with law-breaking are far scarier than being victims of crime, and foreigners are subject to the same harsh treatment meted out to locals.

For example, vandalism offences may be punishable by caning and certain narcotics offences carry a mandatory death sentence. 

Safety precautions in Singapore

Overall, if expats behave they will enjoy a safe and secure life. Nonetheless, it's important to take normal security precautions in Singapore:

  • Lock all doors and windows when not at home

  • Keep valuables out of plain sight

  • Be mindful of possessions when in crowded public places; most petty theft occurs in the airport, on public transport, in tourist areas and in nightclubs, hotels and bars

  • Do not walk alone in deserted areas after dark

  • Take appropriate precautions when using the Internet

Road safety in Singapore

Road conditions in Singapore mirror the rest of its world-class infrastructure. Streets, highways and thoroughfares are well-lit, well-paved and include English language signage. A strong police presence minimises speeding, and expats should keep within limits even when no law enforcement officials are in sight as speed cameras are common.

Emergency numbers in Singapore

  • Ambulance and fire: 995

  • Police: 999