Security in place to meet demand

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 March, 1993, 12:00am

BEIJING is one of the best-equipped cities in the world for public security. The city has accumulated a wealth of experience in security work for international events.

Every year, more than 100 international events are successfully held in Beijing.

In 1990, when thousands of athletes, journalists and tourists gathered in the city for the 11th Asian Games, there was not a single threat to public security.

A Security Commission for the Olympic Games responsible for co-ordinating and directing security work will be set up. It will be composed of leaders of China's Ministry of Public Security, the Municipal Public Security Bureau and the armed police forces.

Beijing's public security organisations have established extensive international relations.

They have the manpower and resources, as well as the ability to mobilise the city's public security volunteers, ensuring the safety and smooth running of the Games.

A whole network of public security forces has been formed in Beijing, armed with modern equipment and management. This would go a long way in ensuring a safe and successful Games. Beijing is already a safe city with good security.

In 1991, only 19,766 criminal cases were registered in the city - a rate of 190 cases for every 100,000 people. Beijing, one of the world's large cities, boasts one of the lowest crime rates.

And criminal offences have been on the decline since early last year.

The main criminal offence in Beijing is violation of property. That accounted for more than 85 per cent of all criminal cases in 1991.

Within this category, the main offence is theft. This crime accounted for 87 per cent of property violations in 1991.

In recent years, Beijing's police detection rate has been about 50 per cent, reaching 65 per cent for major cases.