Crimewatch (Singaporean TV series)

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For other uses, see Crimewatch (disambiguation).
For list of episodes, see Crimewatch Singapore (List of Episodes).
Jejak Jenayah
Kutrak Kankaanippu
Genre Reality Television
Presented by DSP Julius Lim (English)
ASP Sergius Wat (English)
DSP Teo Zi-Ming (English)
DSP Madeline Low (Mandarin)
ASP Jessica Ang (Mandarin)
DSP Zainal Ramli (Malay)
ASP Kalaichelvan Daniel (Tamil)
Country of origin Singapore (but based on a German format)
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 29 (as of 2014)
No. of episodes 10 (March - December)
Running time Approx. 22 mins
Production company(s) National Crime Prevention Council, Singapore
Singapore Police Force
Original channel MediaCorp Channel 5
MediaCorp Channel 8
MediaCorp Suria
MediaCorp Vasantham
Original run 30 Nov 1986  – present

Crimewatch is a television programme produced by the National Crime Prevention Council, Singapore and Singapore Police Force. Currently presented by serving regular police officers, it showcases the work of the Singapore Police Force including solved cases, appeals for unsolved cases, as well as crime prevention advice. It is based on the German programme Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst, or "File XY... Unsolved".

The programme is telecast monthly in four languages: English ("Crimewatch"), Mandarin ("绳之以法"), Malay ("Jejak Jenayah") and Tamil ("Kutrak Kankaanippu"). The English version was first shown in 1986, followed by Mandarin, then Malay in 2000 and Tamil in 2001.

The series was first telecast on 30 November 1986 and the Mandarin version debuted a week later. The episode featured the unsolved murder of a 19-year-old national serviceman and a public appeal from the victim's parents. Less than two weeks after the episode was broadcast, police were able to identify and arrest the suspects based on information provided by viewers responding to the appeal.[1]


The current presenters for the series includes Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Julius Lim, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sergius Wat, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Teo Zi-Ming (English version), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rachel Soh or ASP Jessica Ang (Mandarin version), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Zainal Ramli (Malay version) and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kalaichelvan Daniel (Tamil version).

Some of the former hosts include:

  • Superintendent of Police (Supt) Koh Wei Keong
  • Superintendent of Police (Supt) Lee Chee Chiew
  • Superintendent of Police (Supt) Philip Mah
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Audrey Ang
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Hassan
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rachel Soh (Currently hosting the Mandarin version with ASP Jessica Ang)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) S. Pannirselvam
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Gail Wong Li-Jing
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Lily Lee Su Hoon
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fadzil Abdul Rahman
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Lim Tung Li
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Jessica Ang (Currently hosting the Mandarin version with DSP Rachel Soh)

Episode format[edit]

In most segments, through reenactments, the programme shows the details of what happened in a crime, as well as detailed sentencing of the suspect. The narrator describes the scene of the crime until for Crimewatch stories until 2011. Since 2012, there is no narrating and describing (except for episode 9 in the 2013 season). However, presenter will continue to speak about the sentencing each "criminal" had. The conclusion of each segment offers advice to the public for their own protection and safety related to that particular segment.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "3 more held over NS man's murder". The Straits Times. 7 December 1986. 
  2. ^ "TnT Crime Watch". Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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