The power of NEA: quicker forced entries?!

National Environment Agency (NEA) officers are now able to enter homes without permission more quickly to check for mosquito breeding spots.

Digest that statement.

We want MORE details of this!! How such forced entries would be conducted?? By kicking open the door?! And who will answer if there things go missing in the house?!

I find it difficult to accept that a more humane--and respectful--approach is adopted with NEA making an effort to engage the house owners to set an appointment date for the inspection.

MINISTER for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said that National Environment Agency (NEA) officers are now able to enter homes without permission more quickly to check for mosquito breeding spots.

As of the end of last week, NEA officers will now leave legal notices informing home owners they could conduct forced entry after an unsuccessful first home visit - if, for example, a home is unoccupied - as opposed to doing that on the third visit as was the former protocol. The minister told The Straits Times that NEA officers are also 'making more efforts' to contact absent or non-responsive home owners right away.

The NEA has also taken up the suggestion of notifying immediate neighbours - those surrounding a home where a forced entry has been carried out - of the NEA's findings. This would include information on whether NEA had found breeding spots in the home broken into.

Previously, after an unsuccessful first home visit, the NEA tried for two to three weeks to contact the home owner to arrange an alternative inspection date before carrying out forced entry. They would also give the results of their visit's findings only to the respective homeowner.

Said Dr Vivian: 'With greater awareness and cooperation from the public, there has been some improvement in the situation but we cannot let our guards down yet.'

From Straits Times, "NEA officers can conduct quicker forced entries".

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