SINGAPORE: The range of unlawful immigrants arrested in Singapore dropped by 30 for every cent Previous yr, whilst contraband smuggling instances dipped 8 for every cent, said the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
In accordance to its once-a-year studies report unveiled on Thursday (Feb sixteen), 217 unlawful immigrants were arrested past yr, down from 310 in 2015. The range of overstayers arrested was one,061, down 33 for every cent from one,591 the yr before.
The ICA also highlighted an incident in February past yr, when four Indonesians were refused entry into Singapore. The adult men, including a 15-yr-old boy, were considered to have been enroute to the Middle East to sign up for the Islamic Condition terror team. They were subsequently handed above to the Indonesian law enforcement.
The range of harbourers arrested decreased by 26 for every cent, from 416 in 2015 to 306 past yr, whilst the range of errant companies arrested declined by 51 for every cent – from 91 in 2015 to forty five in 2016, said ICA.
Much less CONTRABAND Instances BUT NEW Strategies OF CONCEALMENT
A full of 88,050 contraband instances were detected at the land checkpoints in Singapore, down 8 for every cent from ninety five,677 two a long time ago.
Having said that, some smugglers utilized new approaches of concealment in their tries to evade detection, ICA said. Some utilized luxurious cars and trucks and typical residence merchandise, including furnishings and children’s engage in mats, to smuggle unlawful items.
“These strategies keep on being a trigger for problem specially in the recent stability weather, as they could equally be adopted by terrorists to smuggle hazardous resources these types of as weapons and explosives into Singapore,” ICA said.
A full of one,902 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized from a consignment declared as “decorative stools” on Dec 2, 2016. (Images: ICA)
The range of folks convicted for relationship of comfort offences fell by 33 for every cent with forty three convicted, down from 64 in 2015.