|Presented by||DSP Jonathan Au Yong (English)|
DSP James Goh (English)
DSP Joshua Jesudason (English)
DSP Madeline Low (Mandarin)
DSP Koh Chao Rong (Mandarin)
ASP Muhamad Omar Shariff (Malay)
ASP Kalaichelvan Daniel (Tamil)
|Narrated by||William Xavier (until 2011)|
|Country of origin||Singapore|
|No. of seasons||36 (as of 2022)|
|No. of episodes||10 (March - December) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||Approx. 22 mins|
|Production companies||Mediacorp Studios|
National Crime Prevention Council, Singapore
Singapore Police Force
|Original network||Channel 5|
|Original release||30 November 1986 –|
Crimewatch is a Singaporean television programme produced by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) in collaboration with the Singapore Police Force (SPF). It is aired on Mediacorp's Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham.
Presented by actual serving regular police officers, it showcases the work of the Singapore Police Force including the re-enactments of major solved cases, appeals for unsolved cases, as well as general crime prevention advice in a Singaporean context.
The series first premiered on the English-language Channel 5 on 30 November 1986. Subsequent dubbings of Singapore's other official languages began with Mandarin (绳之以法) on 7 December on Channel 8 that year. The series later implemented Malay dubs for Suria (Jejak Jenayah) starting in 2000, followed by Tamil's Vasantham (Kutra Kannkaanippu) in 2001.
Crimewatch first premiered on 30 November 1986 with the first case featuring an 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. The episode also contained a police appeal for information regarding the case of two missing boys Toh Hong Huat and Keh Chin Ann and another murder case. The series was met with positive reception and it has since aired on a monthly basis starting on 1993 with six episodes, before extending to ten episodes the following year. The series airs with only the Mandarin dubbing during the start, but it has since been extended to Malay in 1993, followed by Tamil in 1994.
The 2012 season was preceded by a retrospective special titled Crimewatch 25th Anniversary Special airing 19 February 2012 revisiting the series most memorable moments and interviews by the cast. The special was hosted by television actor Tay Ping Hui, which he also performed numerous crime television series such as C.L.I.F.. The 2012 season was also the first season to not feature narration which was implemented since the series' start.
Production for the 2020 season was postponed for two months on May and June due to the COVID-19 pandemic and no new episodes were aired; reruns of selected episodes took the place of the affected episodes, and as a result, this marked the first time the season aired monthly episodes on January and February. The 2021 season premiered on 25 April 2021, making it the first season to premiere that is not on the usual March.
Production for the 2021 season was also postponed for a month on July due to the COVID-19 pandemic and no new episodes were aired. The 2022 season premiered on 25 April 2022, making it the second season to premiere that is not on the usual March, and on a Monday instead of a Sunday for the English version at 8:30pm
Each season of Crimewatch consist of ten episodes, aired on every end of the month between March and December every year, usually on the third or fourth Sunday (English; Monday only in Episode 1 of the 2022 season), or every last Friday (Mandarin) of the month, and every first Monday (Malay) or Thursday (Tamil) of the succeeding month.
Most episodes feature a reenactment of crimes that occurred in Singapore that plays for the entirely of the episode and a short segment on other advisories (such as the annual Great Singapore Sale). The segment ends with the presenter narrating the sentences for each criminals they received for the case, and offered advice to the public for their own protection and safety related to that particular segment. Recent episodes also feature information on scams, including mechanisms, statistics and advice from various government agencies and non-governmental organisations, such as those from the Singapore Police Force's Criminal Investigation Department and the National Crime Prevention Council.
The current presenters for the series include Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Julius Lim, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) James Goh, DSP Joshua Jesudason, DSP Jonathan Au Yong, Superintendent of Police (SUPT) Rachel Soh or SUPT Jessica Ang (Mandarin version), ASP Muhamad Omar Shariff (Malay version) and ASP Kalaichelvan Daniel (Tamil version).
Former hosts of the English version include: