Police solve record 91pc of crimes involving fatalities

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 February, 2007, 12:00am

A record 91.4 per cent of crimes resulting in death were solved throughout the mainland last year, a senior law-enforcement officer said yesterday, saying the success rate did not involve torture.

Police also said cases of violent crime declined during the year, a trend that legal analysts said was a result of greater social infrastructure.

Yu Xinmin , vice-director of the Ministry of Public Security's Criminal Investigation Bureau, said the police clear-up rate dipped below 90 per cent in just seven administrative regions throughout the country, including Tibet , Beijing and Guangdong.

Mr Yu said the 89.4 per cent result in Beijing was a good result.

'Beijing is an international metropolis and has a sizeable transient population,' he said.

'Beijing is different from other provinces or cities. The crimes are in highly mobile communities and the criminals are more professional, so it is very difficult for Beijing to solve death-rated crimes.'

Crimes resulting in death not only include murder but also fatal bombings, arson and robberies. In 2004, the ministry set police the target of solving all such crimes.

The number of cases of fatal crimes on the mainland dropped to about 30,000 last year, 8.2 per cent fewer than in 2005.

Mr Yu also said there was a 63 per cent drop in the number of crimes that wiped out entire families or killed all bystanders.

'[The public] attached greater attention to these cases, and they were in a concentrated period so people may have felt there was an increase last year,' he said.

In one case in November in Guizhou , Xingren county governor Wen Jiangang , four members of his family and a maid were killed by a robber. And in December in Gansu , a Linxia county intermediate court judge and three of his family members were killed at home.

Mr Yu said the higher success rate in solving fatal crimes was not a result of police torture but due to the greater application of technology in investigating crimes.

'With the improvement of technology, each case is supported by substantial evidence,' he said.

Mr Yu said procedural improvements in the past year included the use of video and audio tape recordings of police interrogations in some regions, and greater supervision of police by prosecutors and the community.

The mainland's total criminal caseload increased to 4.65 million last year, 5,000 more than in 2005, but the number of violent crimes such as arson, robbery and murder all dropped.


Aprt from the rise in the crime-solving rate, the number of serious crimes went down on the mainland last year:

Bombings 782 down 20.3%

Arson cases 6,701 down 12.8%

Murders 18,00 down 13.7%

Rapes 32,000 down 4%

Drug cases 79,000 down 16.4%

Gambling cases 21,000 down 21.1%

Juvenile crimes 679,000 down 5.5%

Crimes resulting in deaths (inc, murders) 30,0000 down 8.2%