Crime Prevention

Cardboard cops useful but no substitute for real thing

Speeding is an offence whose severity has often been overlooked. Those behind the wheel do not feel they are jeopardising their life and others' when they step on the pedal. Sadly, sometimes they realise the truth too late.

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012, 11:51pm

Face-identifying software piques police interest

Facial-recognition technology being developed by Hong Kong academics has caught the eye of the city's police chiefs.

The force has expressed interest in a University of Hong Kong study intended to develop software that would identify people whose faces are partially covered or disguised in photographs or videos.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Strict guidelines for body cameras

Hong Kong has a reputation for being a safe place. Any modern aid to effective law enforcement that helps our police keep it that way is to be welcomed, as long as respect is shown for the rights and freedoms we value just as much as our safety.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

No secret filming, police chief vows

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung tried to play down fears about a controversial scheme to fit officers in the tactical and emergency units with body-cameras.

He said only behaviour that breached the law and public order during protests would be filmed in the proposed trial.

News of the scheme has led to privacy fears.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Police will wear body-cameras

Frontline police officers in Hong Kong will be fitted with body-cameras after recent complaints about their handling of demonstrators.

As part of a three-month trial, an undisclosed number of officers in the specialist police tactical unit and key Kowloon West emergency units will be fitted with the mini-cameras as early as this week.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

100 mourn flood dead, but police out in force

About 100 people gathered under close police watch for about 20 minutes yesterday afternoon to mourn those killed in last weekend's floods in Beijing.

Despite the police presence, a small group of people began to gather at about 2pm at the Guangqumen Bridge, where several of the 77 known victims drowned.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police chiefs train in run-up to congress

About 1,400 newly appointed county-level police chiefs are in Beijing for a month of training courses on preserving stability, in the sensitive lead-up to the 18th Communist Party Congress in the autumn.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

2m spy cameras in Guangdong by 2015

Guangdong plans to spend more than 12 billion yuan (HK$14.7 billion) to almost double the number of digital surveillance cameras to 2 million in an effort to curb crime and better manage the migrant population.

Police said the hi-tech cameras could recognise faces and vehicle licence plates, analyse the flow of people and identify unusual gatherings in the province.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Democrat chairman Ho nominated for super seat

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Police to ease restrictions on media's movements

The police will only restrict journalists covering an event to a specified 'media zone' under special circumstances, the city's police chief told media workers yesterday, a decision hailed as a breakthrough in efforts to ensure press freedom.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hospitals back defence plan, but critics warn of possible abuse

Hospital staff and the public are split over a controversial Dongguan government regulation requiring hospitals to stock up on nightsticks and pepper spray to cope with violence from patients' families.

The government issued the regulation in February to boost security at the city's medical facilities.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Police catch suspect who allegedly lured girls with fake jobs

A young policewoman has helped catch a suspected rapist in an undercover operation. The suspect is accused of luring girls to fake job interviews before attacking them.

Police were alerted about the case after a schoolgirl, 17, said she was raped over the weekend.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure builds for vote against secret detentions

Certain legal amendments to be voted on at the National People's Congress are causing concern because they could legalise secret detentions.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Security guards helped thief in HK$4.5m robbery of flat, resident claims

A City Garden resident is suing the estate's property manager for a blatant breach of duty after its security guards let a burglar into the building and helped him remove HK$4.5 million worth of property from her flat.

Chong Yuk-mui is suing Cayley Property Management, the property manager of the residential estate in Electric Road, North Point.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Photos of suspect in rape case released

Police issued two photographs yesterday of a tall, thin Chinese man captured on surveillance camera and wanted in connection with a rape in Ap Lei Chau last month.

They also appealed to doctors or other medical workers who may have treated the suspect to contact police. Detectives believe the man injured himself as he jumped down a slope from the crime scene.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am