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Loan sharks attacked my house

Post by revhappy » Sat, 26 Jun 2010 3:03 pm

Hi Guys,

Friday morning when I opened my main door I found that there was black paint splashed on my main door and also on the corridor wall some one had writter O$P$ and the name of a person who apparently had borrowed from the loan sharks and also his IC and HP number.

I have been living here for the past 8 months and never had any problems. I called up my landlord and he said there were loan shark problems some 2 yrs ago due to a tenant but never after that. We have informed the police.

We still have 3 months more lease left. Considering that we never had a problem for the last 8 months, I guess this might be a one of incident. What do you guys think? Stay here for 3 months or quit immediatly?If I quit now most likely owner will refuse to give back deposit. So thats all that I will lose.

Please advice!

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Post by ksl » Sat, 26 Jun 2010 4:06 pm

revhappy wrote:Hi Guys,

Friday morning when I opened my main door I found that there was black paint splashed on my main door and also on the corridor wall some one had writter O$P$ and the name of a person who apparently had borrowed from the loan sharks and also his IC and HP number.

I have been living here for the past 8 months and never had any problems. I called up my landlord and he said there were loan shark problems some 2 yrs ago due to a tenant but never after that. We have informed the police.

We still have 3 months more lease left. Considering that we never had a problem for the last 8 months, I guess this might be a one of incident. What do you guys think? Stay here for 3 months or quit immediately?If I quit now most likely owner will refuse to give back deposit. So that's all that I will lose.

Please advice!
First relax and don't be too worried! If renting the property let the landlord deal with the clean up, its not your problem! Its one of his past tenants , himself or someone he knows.

Just be hard faced and hang in there, not to lose your deposit! Though i suspect your landlord will bill you for the clean up

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Post by revhappy » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 2:26 pm

Thanks KSL,

I just cleaned up the paint on the floor myself, with some manual effort. Just bought a paint remover for 5.5$ and cleaned it up. But the paint on the wooden door, not sure how it can be removed. Anyways I not going to be bothered about it.My main worry is the safety of my wife and myself.

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Post by ksl » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 5:01 pm

revhappy wrote:Thanks KSL,

I just cleaned up the paint on the floor myself, with some manual effort. Just bought a paint remover for 5.5$ and cleaned it up. But the paint on the wooden door, not sure how it can be removed. Anyways I not going to be bothered about it.My main worry is the safety of my wife and myself.
My home was hit twice too with black paint, though we have had no trouble since, we located the people we purchased the property from, the police pulled him in, and told him to sort out the problem or be prosecuted for illegally loaning money. I also caught two of the people who had loaned him money on my camera, and warned them too as they called at my property, asking for the previous owner, after 3 years of me residing in the property.

They said that the paint job was normal in Singapore, it's the cultural way of shaming, which i agreed, though not on my property I replied! I will also put camera's up too eventually.

The safety of your wife and children is primary factor. Just educate them in the safety aspect of opening the doors, to strangers, always have a camera on hand. The people doing the work are there to shame, not cause violence. In the majority of cases, they are normally the others that owe money doing the dirty work, and are made to work the debt off, by doing the paint jobs.

Rest assured the punishment in Singapore for violence is a very strong deterrent, and they also know full well, that maybe the culprit have moved properties anyway.

They do not change their ID information until they have moved and the loan shark is operating on the old information at all times, in the hope information will be revealed of the whereabouts of the previous tenants.

Trust me, I briefed my wife many times about making a note of who knocks on the door, with photographic evidence, and still she does not, so its up to hubby to be more vigilant and prepared for any strangers knocking on the door, quick photo first before asking questions, who are you.

Once they realise you are one step in front of them, they will not bother you, secondly its rare to be hit with paint, within a 3 month period, that's why i say sit tight.

To think we are only hit twice in 3 years! Really no need to worry violence in the loansharking business is not that popular in Singapore only mild intimidation and threats. Use turpentine to get the oil based paint off the door!

A sign outside to say the that the person owing the debt has moved, will not help, but it will let the neighbours curiosity be satisfied, you know how they like to gossip.

Not worth sitting up trying to catch them, it happens between the hrs of Midnight and 5 a.m the quietest period, they don't like to be seen of course. So relax, sleep well and just be aware, that its highly unlikely they will hit within 3 months because they will be thinking the place is under surveillance now by the police.

You could also connect a webcam to cover the door, with a movement sensor that takes the pics of anyone approaching, just need a long cable and the monitoring software to snap the pics while you sleep leaving the computer on all night of course
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Post by revhappy » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 9:04 pm

Thanks a ton KSL, Thats very reassuring :)

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