POLICE recorded 56,017 crimes last year, the lowest since 1975, with the total number of crimes falling 7.6 percent, or 4,629 cases from the previous year, commissioner Stephen Lo Waichung (盧偉聰) said.
The crime rate per 100,000 people also dropped to 758, the lowest since 1971, Lo said, adding that the 2017 crime records proved the police force is performing its duties well. “Compared to other cities in the world, Hong Kong has always maintained a low crime rate, which shows that we are one of the safest and steadiest cities in the world,” he said.
Lo also said the police had good results for their participation in major events last year, including the March chief executive election, President Xi Jinping’s visit to the SAR, and celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.
However, Lo said the number of online romance scams rose from 121 in 2016 to 235 last year, with victims losing more than HK$100 million.
Vehicles armed with water-cannons for crowd control are set to arrive in mid-2018 and tests will begin late this year. Lo said the police will not use these vehicles “carelessly”, but will refer to the cannon’s usage overseas, issue guidelines and train its officers.
He also told a Legislative Council Panel on Security meeting, “In the past few years, there had been more political conflicts, and we faced unnecessary challenges on the front line, or even insults, verbal abuse and bodily contact.”
(This article is published on Student Standard on 31 January 2018)
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