China intensifies crackdown on severe crimes around Spring Festival

08:19, January 17, 2011      

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China's Ministry of Public Security on Sunday began a five-month crackdown focused on robbery, theft and gun-related crimes in a bid to ensure the public's safety during the New Year holiday.

"As the Spring Festival approaches, mass activities, traffic, fire control and other agencies are adding more security measures for our society," Vice Minister Huang Ming said Sunday at a meeting on the campaign, urging the country's police to take the initiative in fighting crimes.

According to the ministry, the campaign aims to stem serious crimes involving guns and explosives, vowing to crack online gun sales as well gun and explosives manufacturers.

Frequent property-related crimes, such as robbery and theft, are also high on the agenda of the move, with a special focus on financial organizations and residential communities.

The ministry also called for wider coverage of police patrols, especially around banks and other key public service locations.

In addition, police across the country were encouraged to help solve civilians' problems and conflicts in a bid to prevent individual issues from becoming violent crimes.

The campaign is due to end on May 1.

The Spring festival is the most important traditional Chinese festivals and an occasion for family reunions. It falls on Feb. 3 this year.


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