Alarm raised over 12pc rise in violent crime

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 March, 1996, 12:00am

Violent crime is on the march in China, according to new Ministry of Public Security figures.

Of 1.69 million criminal cases documented by the ministry in 1995, more than 700,000 - or 41 per cent - were violent crimes.

The figure represents a 12.6 per cent rise on 1994.

Sources close to the ministry said three alarming features had emerged from the cases.

The figure for cases of juvenile delinquency had risen sharply while an increasing number of teenagers were becoming serious criminals, the source said.

Statistics collected by the ministry also showed more criminals now have foreign connections.

Some involve international rackets while others used state-of-the-art technology.

Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin has repeatedly stressed the importance of public security to the nation and the public as a whole.

'The whole party should participate and contribute towards political and social stability,' Mr Jiang urged.