Edicts target ability to check crime

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 October, 1997, 12:00am

Beijing is pushing ahead with security measures to improve the nation's ability to prevent crime.

With the measures in place it is hoped at least 80 per cent of urban districts and 60 per cent of villages nationwide can be considered 'secure' by 2000.

All grassroot organisations will be reinforced to help maintain public order.

They will also have to strengthen legal education and help promote the concept of rule by law.

They are also required to link social order with other aspects of life such as family planning, hygiene, afforestation, environmental protection, charity work, cultural activities and community services, to provide better living conditions.

The Communist Party's Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Social Security issued a statement saying the measures were aimed at attacking all illegal activities.

The statement said the measures involved three main tasks.

Firstly, grassroot organisations must prevent or reduce crimes, especially theft, and help integrate released or paroled criminals into society.

Secondly, they must maintain social order by improving management of transient populations and key trading areas - the two most popular sources of crimes.

They must also control gambling, prostitution, drug addiction and pornography.

Thirdly, organisations should win support for maintenance of social order.