Singapore has been noted to be a generally safe country with one of the lowest crime rate records. It was not hard for me to tell that special interest and priority were placed on security. On arrival at Changi Airport, I walked out through the arrival gate hoping to claim my luggage on the other side. Unbeknownst to me, I had left the baggage claim area and was outside the airport. I attempted to go back into the area but I was denied access. I had to report my and follow a thorough procedure for me to get my luggage.
I had to fill out a lengthy form detailing why my luggage was left behind, my international passport was collected and I was finally escorted by an armed security operative back to claim my luggage. With all of this, I knew that the system was very efficient with regards to security. The days following my arrival further substantiated my curiosity on the level of security in Singapore. Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) were everywhere. I have traveled to a number of countries, yet never have I seen such a number of cameras.
We were accommodated in Holiday Inn Atrium and one could see that there were cameras from the entry point, the restaurant, elevators, the hallways and even the lecture rooms where we received our briefings. The streets were equally watched. In general, my observations were that there seemed to be order and the citizens appeared to be law abiding. I was not surprised to see cameras in the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) when some of the and I rode in it.
My impression was that everyone was doing the right thing and minding their business. Out of curiosity, I asked and I was told that the system had a very good way of watching what goes on everywhere. I was also told that law and order were very evident because of the introduction of a more humane legal system. For example, the establishment of the Community Court has been able to expedite the hearing of minor cases and the courts were quick to dispose of cases by way of sentences such as rehabilitation requirement or community service.
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