Hi-tech assault on crime rate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 November, 1994, 12:00am

A NATIONAL criminal intelligence network will be established by the end of the year in a bid to halt the rapidly rising crime rate.

The Hong Kong China News Agency said yesterday that the Public Security Ministry would soon set up a network of criminal intelligence centres throughout the country.

The network will encompass provinces and cities, with a two-tier system being established to strengthen communication between the provincial and municipal centres.

The network will use computers and special telephone lines to enhance 'speedy, safe and secure' transmission of intelligence between the centres.

The news agency said the network would provide mainland police with a 'modern tool' for its fight against crime.

The computer systems now used by police were no longer adequate because the floating population in urban centres was growing fast.

The large number of rural migrants flocking to the prosperous coastal cities was one factor fuelling the crime rate.

The news agency said police would also set up a service with details on stolen vehicles and wanted criminals. That will be established in 11 areas, including the cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Suzhou, and the provinces of Liaoning, Guangdong and Fujian.

Meanwhile, the semi-official China News Service said yesterday that police in Shaanxi province were clocking up significant results in anti-crime operations.

An operation code-named Typhoon Rally had resulted in the crime rate for the third quarter of 1994 dropping 10.8 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. Figures for the second quarter show an 8.6 per cent drop when compared with 1993.

About 13,000 suspects, 1,350 former convicts and 3,000 gangsters were arrested up until August and police had reportedly busted 1,349 criminal organisations.