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Police chief vows to reduce crime ahead of Expo
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08:47, January 08, 2009

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The city's public security department yesterday vowed to crack down on all kinds of criminal activities and step up efforts to improve public safety ahead of the 2010 World Expo.

In an online chat with the public, Zhang Xuebing, Shanghai's public security bureau chief, said security preparations for the Expo had entered a crucial stage.

"Security measures in the city will be further strengthened to ensure the 2010 Shanghai Expo goes off peacefully," he said.

The police departments will crack down on all sorts of criminal activities, strengthen urban safety management to try and reduce all kinds of disasters and accidents, and ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the city, Zhang said.

About 1,400 roads in the city are still under large-scale construction, he said, adding that 37 percent of them were trunk roads that greatly affect the traffic conditions.

"Since it's hard to develop and construct more roads in the city, it has become quite important and necessary now to improve traffic management and maximize traffic capacity," Zhang said.

"The government will invest 2.1 billion yuan ($307 million) in improving the city's traffic networks, especially the intelligent traffic system. It will significantly improve Shanghai's traffic condition," he said.

In addition to information security systems, digital commutation networks and video surveillance management systems will be established at the venue for the 2010 Shanghai Expo as part of a campaign to promote the utilization of information technology in local public security management.

Earlier media reports said that about 1 billion yuan will be invested in information technology equipment and services during the Expo, and the total investment for the operation, excluding the budget for constructing the infrastructure, is expected to reach 10.6 billion yuan.

Most of the security equipments will help keep an eye on the visitors, but we will try our best to keep them hidden and unintrusive, an official said.

Ding Feiping, deputy chief of the Shanghai police, said the authorities were also seeking the central government's approval to help foreigners get visas easily to attend the Expo.

The police are also planning to launch online visa application systems and automatic machine approval systems to help people get their visas or IDs easier, he said.

Expo organizers estimate that 5.2 million foreigners will visit Shanghai during the event between May 1 and Oct 31, 2010.

Source: China Daily

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