CASS: China's violent crimes rise for the 1st time in a decade

17:17, March 01, 2010      

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BEIJING, Feb. 25 (CNS) (Yu Lan) – Crime rates increased amid the global economic crisis, as did the unemployment rate. According to the 2010 Rule of Law Blue Book released by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) February 25, China's crime cases in 2009 breached the stable situation dating back to 2000 and increased substantially, among which, violent crimes and property crimes witnessed sharp jumps.

As the blue book shows, the number of China's criminal and civil cases increased by a large margin from January to October 2009, and reached 5.3 million and 9.9 million respectively by the end of 2009, with the former’s growth rate up over 10 percent and latter’s up around 20 percent.

The deteriorating economy has made criminals much more violent. According to the blue book, violent crimes such as homicide, rape, and robbery saw sizable growth in 2009, the first increase of such cases since 2001. China's violent crimes had been declining evidently for about a decade prior to 2009.

In terms of intentional murder cases, vicious murders among family members and those committed in vengeance against society, or simply those by mental patients accounted for a large portion. Incitements to murders also surfaced from time to time. Furthermore, gangs were prevalent in some places, and some criminals killed the intellectually-challenged and faked their deaths in mine disasters so that they may blackmail for money.

The number of robberies has increased to a certain degree. In addition, some robberies even involve the illegal use of guns, hostage-takings and homicides. Since 2002, with the security system enhancement in China's banks, the number of robberies in banks and cash trucks has dropped dramatically. However, in 2009, Li Li's robbery of a bank shocked the whole country (Li is a student from Beijing University of Science and Technology).

The blue book predicts that China still faces a severe social situation in 2010. As China's economy has not yet completely recovered from the international financial crisis, some people may encounter difficulties in finding jobs, and the number of relatively poor people will rise and mass disturbances caused by all kinds of social contradictions may occur here and there. Therefore, the pressure of maintaining social stability under relevant government departments will not reduce.

According to the author of the blue book, this year will continue to witness frequent violent crimes, property violations and economic crimes. The financial crisis and the slack fiscal and monetary policies may lure those with potential criminal motives to commit a crime. The number of economic crimes such as fraud and the illegal pooling of public deposits will increase continuously.

By People's Daily Online
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