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Steps to curb 'floating people' crimes
Updated: 2005-07-06 09:30

The Chinese government will take measures to curb the increasing crimes by the country's large number of "floating people" in the second half of the year, according to Wu Dongzhi, director of the public order department under the Public Security Ministry.

Police have been ordered to strengthen the inspection of places with dense "floating" populations, such as small hostels, construction sites, markets, entertainment facilities and suburbs of major cities.

Increasing economic opportunities in urban regions, especially coastal areas, have attracted nearly 100 million farmers.

Urban migrants, who are typically poorly educated, often experience terrible living conditions and extremely low salaries.

Some turn to crime to make ends meet, thereby posing a problem for police.

In 2004, the public security departments dealt with 687,000 cases involving urban migrants, accounting for 12.7 percent of the total cases.

The number of arrested urban migrant suspects reached 604,000, covering 40 percent of the total in the same period, sources with the ministry said.

According to Wu, the crimes committed by urban migrants are mainly theft and robbery. Urban migrants accounted for nearly half of the total number of arrested suspects in theft and robbery cases in 2004, especially in major cities.

Wu also mentioned that tougher regulations should be implemented to supervise rented houses in cities with large migrant populations.

About 25.4 percent of residents in cities and towns say that urban migrants usually commit serious crimes, including burglary, according to a survey by the National Bureau of Statistics.

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