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Swift arrests of Toa Payoh rooftop spray paint vandals caused latest vandal to use black marker instead

Posted on 24 May 2014

Arresting suspects quickly is definitely useful in deterring copycat acts.


The recent swift arrests of several teenagers who allegedly vandalised the exterior wall of a Toa Payoh flat rooftop in early May this year has helped prevent copycat acts of vandalism utilising spray paints.

The latest vandal has decided to use a black marker instead of red spray paint to hit bus stop signs in Clark Quay area on May 23, 2014, a few weeks after the Toa Payoh incident.

This has caused Singaporeans to marvel at the deterrent effect.

One Singaporean, Qu Zhuo Lao, who is very proud of how swift justice can serve as a form of deterrence, said: “The message sent to would-be vandals is loud and clear. If you want to vandalise, don’t use red spray paint.”

“Use black marker instead. No need to draw big big. Because no matter what, someone will take picture of your vandalism and post it online and it will spread like wildfire.”

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