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Police promote security guard plan

POLICE in Henan Province have asked shop owners to hire night security guards to combat a wave of thieving, a measure the police said has proven effective.

Police in Dashiqiao police station in the provincial capital Zhengzhou City asked the shop owners on Jiankang Road to set up security guard patrols after a series of burglaries, the Henan Business Daily reported today.

The six-man patrols and the owners signed an agreement drawn up by the police to ensure the guards provide an adequate service.

All the guards are registered and equipped with uniforms, armbands and billy clubs, and are trained by the police, said Tian Haiquan, the deputy director of the station.

Each owner, depending on the size of his or her shop, has to pay 50 yuan (US$7.5) or 100 yuan at the most. And the owners can get compensation of up to 20,000 yuan if their shops are burgled when the guards are patrolling.

Theft has plagued the show owners for some time. One shop owner named Li Yong told the newspaper every shop had lost between 50,000 and 400,000 yuan.

The police said the security guards have detected two burglaries since March, which led to the capture of five suspects and saved 150,000 yuan.

The hiring of security guards is now considered a model practice by the city police authority which said it may promote it citywide.

Not everyone is happy with the idea.

The newspaper quoted an anonymous shop owner who said it was the duty of the police to provide security to tax payers. He asked why he had to pay extra money to keep his store safe.


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