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Spy cameras bring down crime

CITY police said yesterday that street theft cases have fallen by 30 percent this year since the World Expo began compared with the same period last year after they intensified monitoring of surveillance cameras on the streets.

More than 1,500 suspects involved in various crimes had been caught with the help of the street surveillance cameras, they added.

Police also used the cameras to find a lost boy last month.

On August 17, a resident in Pudong New Area surnamed Luo reported at 10:30am that his two-year-old son, Luo Junhao, was missing for two hours.

Officers soon checked the cameras in the area and found Junhao walking in the middle of the streets, ignoring the busy traffic back and forth, which really scared his parents.

"He didn't know how to cross the road and never stopped for cars," said Gao Renqiong, an officer who found the boy.

Junhao was found safe at about 11:30am in front of a clothing market, about 3 kilometers from where he had separated from his father.

Last Tuesday, a suspect surnamed Su was caught on camera trying to steal a passer-by's bag near People's Square.

Patrolling officers were soon dispatched to the area, police said.

Su, wearing a white shirt, was detained four minutes later when he showed up again in the camera at the front gate of the New World Department Store in the area.


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