Police vow to rein in school crimes
Updated: 2006-10-14 18:52
BEIJING- Chinese police are launching an
all-out campaign to prevent crime at the nation's schools, where 43 deaths have
been reported over the past 18 months.
On Friday, the ministry announced that it had
received 200 reports of serious campus crimes including 103 involving homocide,
kidnapping, and rape in 2005 and the first half of 2006. The crimes resulted in
"All school robbery cases, no matter how small
amount of money is involved should be investigated as quickly as possible," said
a brief report from the Ministry of Public Security, quoting vice minister Liu
Jinguo at a televised police workshop.
Liu ordered local police to increase manpower
in investigating campus crime cases, hoping to solve by the end of the year "a
handful of" prominent cases that resulted in deaths.
"Police should especially bust gangs and
hooligans that hang around the campus and causing trouble," Liu said. "We should
not go soft on these gangs."
He also asked local police to shut down
unlicensed Internet cafes around campus and ensure that people under 18 are kept
away from these venues.
More than 50 percent of the reported student
deaths were caused by student conflicts and many were the result of knife
The ministry has stationed over 102,000 police
on and around campuses across the country. But Liu said more police presence was
needed, especially in the countryside.