The story appears on

Page A5

May 13, 2014

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Society

Police gear up for regional summit by cracking down on local crime

DELEGATES from nearly 40 countries convening in Shanghai for a regional security summit next week have no need to worry about their safety as police prepare for their arrival with a crackdown on crime.

The Shanghai Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia runs from May 20-21.

It will be chaired by President Xi Jinping, and among the world leaders expected to attend is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With the nation’s prestige on the line, Shanghai’s law enforcement officials are determined to keep crime down to a minimum.

In a statement released yesterday, local police said the number of criminal cases handled in the first four months of the year rose 57 percent year on year.

“Most of the calls we get are about crimes committed after dark, so we have beefed up  our nighttime enforcement,” said Lu Feng, a police official.

Most of the night cases handled in the year through April were property offenses, such as burglaries and car or bicycle thefts, the statement said.

On a recent night patrol, however, officers detained a murder fugitive and a drug addict who were traveling as passengers in a car that drove through a police checkpoint in Minhang.

Officers gave chase and forced the vehicle to stop. They then apprehended the two passengers, but the driver managed to escape.

Police said they conducted spot checks on 39,000 people in the first four months of the year, and with the summit approaching, extra checkpoints have been set up.

Other night patrols in the period included a raid on a firm in Minhang that was selling oil without a license and the arrest of a man who stole from a Changning convenience store.

The shop’s owner, surnamed Li, said he has witnessed an increase in thefts after dark.

“I’m really pleased with the greater focus on nighttime patrols,” he said.

The arresting officer said Changning police have been trying to educate shop owners on how to spot criminal activity and report it to police.

Shanghai police said the aim of the street patrols is to protect the safety of summit participants. If necessary, SWAT teams will also be deployed.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend