Prizes were awarded to young artists who won recognition in the Fight Crime and Beat Drugs Arts Creation Competition in Wong Tai Sin. The presentation and an exhibition of the winning art works were part of a Youth Fight Crime Carnival held in the district. The competition - it drew 4,000 entries - was held for Junior Police Call (JPC) members as well as members of the public. Speaking at the opening of the carnival, Police Commander of Wong Tai Sin Chief Superintendent Au Ka-hing said young people were the pillars of society and a caring and stable environment was essential to their development. To achieve a low-crime-rate society, police determination was important, but co-operationfrom members of the public also played a huge part, he said. This was the reason the police had organised the carnival. 'We hope to beef up youngsters' knowledge of beating crime and drugs,' Mr Au said. Police figures showed a 26 per cent decrease in juvenile crime in the Wong Tai Sin area during the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period last year. Of those incidents, 40 per cent were related to minor offences such as shoplifting and stealing. 'Although juvenile crime in our district is declining, we will not relax our efforts,' Mr Au said. 'We will continue to hold various fight-crime activities to remind youngsters to stay away from crime.' The successful carnival - featuring live pop music and a lion dance by JPC members - was organised by the Wong Tai Sin Police Community Relations Office in conjunction with RTHK.