Police will use drones on New Year’s Eve 2022, and they will be deployed again on December 31st.
These are equipped with lights and speakers for crowd control.
On October 29 of the same year, 159 people were killed and 196 injured when the Itaewon Halloween event in South Korea drew large crowds and revelers, concentrating on small alleys leading to the street. As a result, a major concern in 2022 was overcrowding.
Most of the victims were young people who had gone out to enjoy the first Halloween festivities since the coronavirus outbreak in the popular nightlife district.
However, security concerns for the fourth quarter of 2023 include the possibility of an attack in light of the ongoing Israeli-Hamas war.
In November, Home Minister K. Shanmugam said there had been a marked increase in anti-Singapore sentiment on social media, with calls online for Singapore to be targeted with rockets and bombs.
“An attack like the one in Israel could happen anywhere, including here, and people would be encouraged to carry out copycat attacks. The threat is there and it’s growing. Masu.”
Police are urging the public to remain vigilant during the New Year’s Eve festivities.
Anyone with information about suspicious persons or activity should contact Internal Security at 1800-2626-473 or police at 999.