We know that Singapore is a red dot on the world map. And even then, the red dot is bigger than what Singapore actually is.
Yup, we’re that small.
But that doesn’t stop us from dividing ourselves into zones. Oh, no, and it’s not just north-south-east-west either.
We’re divided into 55 different zones.
And we might be one Singapore, but there’s still a clear division between the westies and the easties.
And more recently, Yishunites and the rest of Singapore.
Yishun: The Land of the Good, Weird and Strange
There are two camps when it comes to Yishun. Those who make a joke out of it (like us, yeah, we’re bastards) and those who take it seriously.
Unfortunately, while I love Yishun for the amazing chicken head rice, this time, something’s happened.
Something that’ll make more people look at Yishun differently.
Research Analyst Says Yishun-North Allegedly The Most Crime-Ridden Area
On 13 July, a study on Singapore’s crime rates was released by the financial and research analysis specialists, ValuePenguin.
And this was what they found.
The Top 5 Neighbourhoods With The Most Crimes Reported
They collected crime data recorded by Neighbourhood Police Centres and compiled by the Singapore Police Force.
The crimes include robbery, housebreaking, snatch theft, motor vehicle theft, unlicensed moneylending and unlicensed moneylending harassment.
And as you can see, Yishun-North came in last when the list was compiled. Loan shark activity was the highest in the neighbourhood with 232 reports made about harassment by the illegal moneylenders.
Which means, the dubious honour of being the most crime-ridden neighbourhood in Singapore belongs to Yishun-North.
The Study Also Show The Safest Neighbourhood To Live At in S’pore
Think of these places as the Capitol of Hunger Games, while Yishun-North’s obviously District 13.
Bukit Timah came in first on the list, with not a single robbery or snatch theft reported in 2016.
And if you’re thinking it’s only the rich who gets to live like that, Bishan came in second with an impressive 72 crimes for the entire year of 2016.
Kampong Java, Marine Parade and Sembawang were the next entries on the list. What’s most impressive is that five entries have less than 100 crimes in the entire year.
The study also shows that as a whole, Singapore generally became safer, with crime rate dropping by 15% throughout the island.
But Wait, Don’t Lose Hope Yet
Yishunites, if you’re thinking that you want to move out of the area fast before you give birth to your kid in that dangerous ghetto, don’t lose hope yet. Because things aren’t as bad as they seemed.
Instead of showing that Yishun as a crime-infested neighbourhood that should be fenced up to keep everyone else safe, the study shows that it’s the opposite.
Yishun’s Getting Better, Actually
The figure 284 came from the number of crimes committed in 2016.
The average for Yishun-North was actually higher.
A whopping average of 327.6 crimes committed per year from 2012-2016.
And since the number of crimes in 2016 is lower than the average, it simply means that Yishun’s experiencing a drop in crime rate.
Here’s a simple graph to show what I mean.
In order for Yishun-North to achieve the average of 327.6, the previous years (2012-2015) has to have 338.5 crimes committed and reported every year.
Total crimes committed from 2012-2016 = 327.6*5 = 1,638
Total crimes committed from 2012-2015 = 1,638-284 = 1,354
Averate crime rate from 2012-2015 = 1,354/4 = 338.5
So there you go, crimes in Yishun-North dropped by 54.5, agak-agak.
The next time someone laughs at you for living in Yishun, show them this article. After all, that’s what the hashtag #MakeYishunGreatAgain is all about, isn’t it?
You can check the full list here to see where your neighbourhood stands.
Now you know what Singaporeans are talking about today; do check back tomorrow for another piece of news of the day!