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Security measures reduce burglaries

Only 13 home burglaries were reported in Changning District, which has about 700,000 residents, in the first two months of the year, according to police.

It is also one of the districts with the lowest ratio of reported home burglaries to the number of residents of all 16 Shanghai districts.

The number was down 82.2 percent from the same period last year when 73 home burglaries were reported. This drop is also the biggest in the whole city.

Ma Chao, head of the major crime investigation squad of Changning District Public Security Bureau, said police have taken a number of measures to have zero burglaries in 90 percent of the district’s residential complexes.

Data from all surveillance cameras in residential complexes now goes to a cloud service. Complexes have door contact sensors, window limiters and barbed wire on walls.

Also, officers are targeting places and times when burglaries are committed. Residential committees and community volunteers have stepped up night patrols.

The number of reported burglaries in all Shanghai districts in the first two months of this year was down 40.8 percent over the same period last year. Home burglaries were down 44.6 percent.

Changning District was followed by Hongkou, Qingpu, Jinshan and Songjiang districts, while Hongkou, Jinshan, Yangpu and Qingpu districts had the lowest ratio of reported home burglaries to the number of residents along with Changning, according to police.

Meanwhile, the number of burglary cases solved in the first two months was up 85.4 percent, with the number of home burglary cases solved up 237.8 percent.


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