Photo of Tanglin Trust School students from Google

Two international schools in Singapore have confirmed that two police reports of kidnapping attempts have been made and several international schools have issued an advisory had been sent out to warn students “not to walk alone” on the street.

The first incident happened on Jan 11 just outside international school, United World College (UWC) Dover, where a middle school student was waiting for her bus at Dover Road. A man driving a van approached the girl and told her to get into the van, but the girl escaped and sought help from an adult. The man then left the scene.

The second incident happened at 12.30pm on Jan 16. A girl from Tanglin Trust School was approached by two men while she was walking from One-North station to the school. She was told to get into a white van but the girl managed to run away from the men.

Along with UWC and Dulwich College, Tanglin Trust School wrote in their advisory letter to partents:

“Students should not walk alone in the vicinity of the school but walk with friends.”

International schools in Singapore are attended by the rich, whose students pay up to S$44,000 a year for secondary school education.

The Singapore government often self-proclaims the country is the “safest in the world”.