The Ministry of Public Security has ordered local security bureaus to offer rewards to members of the public who report information related to terrorism.
Provinces and cities including Guangdong, Liaoning, Shenzhen, Cheng and Wuhan have announced a maximum reward of 500,000 yuan.
Li Keming, deputy anti-terror inspector at the Ministry of Public Security, said that the order established the general principles of the anti-terror rewards and local officials would organise individual schemes, the Beijing News reported.
Tip-offs eligible for the reward may include information related to the organising, planning, implementation or incitement of terrorism. In addition, information on people and equipment involved in terrorism, details on the location of a potential attack, or relevant audio and video material may also attract an award.
The police will consider how important any information supplied is in investigation of a terror plot – and how serious any planned terror attack is – in deciding whether a reward is justified. Shenzhen will offer rewards of between 1,000 and 500,000 yuan while Gunagzhou will offer rewards of between 2,000 and 500,000 yuan, according to mainland media.
Li said it was an important moment in the fight against terrorism and effective measures were needed to encourage the public to report information related to terrorism.
The general principle established by the Ministry of Public Security was to give “large rewards” and “fast rewards” and establish a means of “convenient reporting” of relevant information, he added.
In Shenzhen, informants may claim rewards within 12 months, either themselves or through a representative. The reward can be deposited directly into a designated bank account. The identity of informants will remain strictly confidential.
However, the information provided must be true and reliable. Anyone supplying false information or reporting false accusations could face prosecution, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
Guangzhou police said the public can call, text, email or use the “Guangzhou Public Security” website to report information, China News service reported.