Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Making a police report

I've spoken to two people over the last few days, who have told me that they tried to make police reports about cats that were abused and were brushed off. One was told that he needed to have a photograph of the person abusing the cat even though he witnessed it. The other person was just told there was no need to file a report.

I have written about this before, but remember, abuse of an animal IS a crime. You CAN file a report, just as with any crime. None of the welfare groups - CWS, SPCA or any of us can file the report for you. We would certainly appreciate being informed, but only the police can start the ball rolling if you want to report it as a crime.

Abuse or abandonment is punishable by a fine of up to $10000 and/or a year's jail, which goes to show how serious a crime it is.


Anonymous Moglee said...

What was your advice when they told you of their unsuccessful attempts?

21/2/06 10:50 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

One person had already contacted the AVA and I have spoken with the officer so they are following up on that.

The other case happened quite a while ago and they cannot quite remember details.

What I normally do when I hear about these cases is call up and speak with the officer to ask why the case was not filed. It would be helpful if the person takes down the officer's name and time that they tried to make the report - as opposed to, it's the tall officer who works in the afternoon.

I have also gone with people to the stations after to find out what happened.

The best thing to do is to insist that you can file a report. You can also look at the statute online - it's available on a link from my blog, under Singapore Statutes online. Look up the Animals and Birds Act, Part IV.

21/2/06 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I recently lost my wallet & when I went to the police post to file a report for the lost items, including ic, driving license, bank & credit cards, I was also told that there's no necessity to do so! The police-on-duty claimed that they'll only "take action" when there's a "crime" which in my case there wasn't cz my wallet was lost, not stolen, so "no crime has occurred yet!" Due to the absence of a police report, I ended up having to pay to get some of my bank cards replaced! I'm jz wondering at which point will the present-day policman consider a crime as a crime & if the refusal to file reports is a standard practice in all police posts!


21/2/06 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

Thanks Dawn. I am glad there is more to it. I read of witness of abuse sightings and many just walked away when the attempts to report failed.

Anonymous: It is correct of you to report the loss of your wallet especially IC. The officer is wrong to deny you of reporting. Many are not aware that it is compulsory to carry our IC with us. If you did not carry it, they have the right to bring you to the station until you prove you are a legitimate citizen. Also,it is an offence to carry a photostated IC. When you loss your IC, always keep the original police report with you. You can show prove without demand that you have lost your IC.

21/2/06 11:21 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Moglee - it is a shame that some people DO get put off, but whenever we hear about it, we offer to help. I have gone with some people to make reports.

21/2/06 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks but, nope, policeman said all I need to do is get the IC replaced "soonest". Since "no crime", no need to file report. Only when I discover that someone has used my IC for fraud or offence, then I can file my report for them to do "investigations". Even the ICA officer told me that they've heard about this "not-necessary-to-file-report" thingy since last year..


21/2/06 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

Off topic: I've checked with a friend who insisted the police officer allowed him to report his lost IC cos he always kena road block and checks in the night. However, he advised not to wait 14 days to report to ICA. Do it immediately. And produce a police report to ICA when it is available.(optional).

21/2/06 12:00 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I believe this is where the press comes in.

If the police think that animal abuse does not fall in the category of crime, its time to turn this over to the press.

Remember to take down the policeman's details, time & where you made the report + crime details.

The press should have field day with this!

Sometimes all it takes is bad publicity to force the government agencies to take action.

21/2/06 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister just moved into a resale flat in the delta area. She thought she was lucky because the owner didn't stay in the apartment and so it was pretty "mint" in condition. Now 4 months down the road, she realized when ex-owner didn't stay. The unit below (note..not above) housed a very old father and a senior son. The father will pick on the son anytime from dusk till dawn. The son will ventilate his frustration by kicking on the doors, the walls, bang doors, etc. Living as their neighbours has been hell as the sporadic noise is like the chinese water torture. Surrounding neighbours move out as soon as they can sell their flats. Every night police will visit but NOTHING was done for 20 years! HDB, TC, MPs all involved..NOTHING DONE. Yet TC is so efficient with response to cats!!

21/2/06 2:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's the thing that surprises me - why are some things as Anonymous said, handled so efficiently, and others take such a long time?

Perhaps it's this : How do you stop a long term problem like a father fighting with his son - you can't, so people are just basically told they need to live with it. If the same attitude was told to people who dislike cats being in the neighbourhood, that you CANNOT remove every cat, then why can't they be told to just live with it? Surely extremely noisy neighbours are worse than the mere presence of a cat that is doing nothing to bother you.

21/2/06 3:19 PM  

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