Juvenile crime in Tuen Mun is being tackled as a priority, according to the Commissioner of Police Eddie Hui Ki-on. A joint project with the Social Welfare Department in which youngsters in need of help are referred to social workers was one way of dealing with delinquency, Mr Hui said. Police were also combatting triad infiltration into schools through improved lines of communication with pupils. Speaking at a presentation ceremony at Lingnan College, Mr Hui called on the public to support the police by spreading the message of crime prevention. Mr Hui said contrary to public opinion, Tuen Mun was not a hotbed of crime. 'There was a significant drop in the number of crimes in the district last year, following the downward trend of the overall crime situation,' he said. However, juvenile delinquency was still a matter of concern. 'As 28 per cent of the population in the district is aged under 21, various measures have been introduced by the police to prevent the proliferation of the problem,' he said. Lingnan College is active in fighting crime and has joined forces with the police on 'Project X', which provides guidance to young people. The scheme, which took two years to prepare, has been in operation since September last year. A total of 21 Lingnan students have joined the project and each of them is now taking care of three young persons in need, to help them develop a positive outlook on life. The college also keeps in close contact with the police, with one staff member from Lingnan sitting on the Tuen Mun District Fight Crime Committee. The college also produces a publication on the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme with the assistance of the student union. 'We hope that through these activities, residents will actively take part in fighting crime,' Mr Hui said. 'We want them to take an interest in community affairs and develop a sense of belonging to the district.' As guest-of-honour at Lingnan College's awards presentation ceremony, Mr Hui presented the Edward T T Chan Scholarship to Ken Yiu-keung, the Most Outstanding Student at the College. Mr Ken is a final-year student of International Political and Legal Affairs at the Faculty of Social Sciences.