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Health and safty SingaporeSingapore is an extremely safe city, in no small part because justice in Singapore can be swift and harsh. This is especially important to note, because even relatively minor violations (such as spitting on the sidewalk) are considered fairly serious offenses. And there are fines issued for just about any offense including smoking in public places, jaywalking, littering and even chewing gum on the MRT. 

So when visiting Singapore it is important to note the laws. Penalties for drug offenses include the death penalty. Even shoplifting is considered a rather serious offence in Singapore, with penalties that include lengthy prison time. Corporal punishment may also be imposed for other lesser offences.

These harsh punishments make Singapore one of the safest large cities in the world to visit. Even when visiting alone a woman can generally feel comfortable, but as with any dark street at night caution should be observed.
The Singapore government has also stepped up security measures following the terrorist attacks in Bali, and remains quite committed to maintaining Singapore's reputation as a safe destination for travelers.

Although Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world, please exercise caution and protection against your personal belongings. There are cases where people leave their belongings (bags etc) and go for a swim (Sentosa) and later find their belongings missing. There have also been incidents of overseas pickpocket syndicates being caught in Singapore. They catch you unawares in busy town areas and then melt into the crowd. 

Always ensure that your personal belongings are not left unattended. Use lockers if they are available. Or ask friendly people to look after your belongings (at your own risk! they might be foreigners or dishonest Singaporeans too). Zip your handbag etc. Do not expose wallets or make belongings 'pickpocket-friendly'. These crimes are rather insignificant but it's always good to be on the alert.

There are also cases where motorbikes passenger/driver will snatch bags etc from pedestrians walking by the side of the road.


Tap water in Singapore is perfectly safe to drink. If you wish to have bottled water, it is available at all supermarkets and most stores island-wise.
In case of any mishap or any illness, you can avail of the 24-hour emergency assistance of these hospitals:

Gleaneagles (near Orchard Road area)                       65 6470 5700
Mount Elizabeth (near Orchad Road area)                   65 6731 2218
Raffles Hospital (near Marina Bay area)                       65 6311 1555
National University Hospital (west side of island)      65 6772 5000
Singapore General Hospital (near Chinatown)           65  6321 4311



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