Increased Police Patrol Reduced the Number of Street Crimes in the City
The number of crimes on Shenzhen streets has dropped 15 percent compared to the previous month after a new police regulation required desk officers to go on patrol shifts. Reports on crimes and offenses on city streets have also dropped by 47.9 percent from April 1 to May 4 of this year.
Everyday around 80,000 people are on the city streets this includes the 5,000 police officers that are assigned to patrol local roadways. This greatly enhanced the sense of security among the city residents. The patrol officers along with security guards are assigned to the 5,794 road sections and at 8,516 control points in the city. Last April police officers working the desk were told to patrol the streets and were given standard equipment including firearms, pepper spray, handcuffs and batons in a bold effort to increase police presence in the public.
The desk officers in internal agencies and branch bureaus were required to walk and patrol the streets for six hours a week in shift of 6:30 to 10:30 pm. The patrolling officers were also authorized to handle traffic emergencies if traffic police are not yet on the scene.
The city established its patrol police in 1995 and in 2004 adopted the grid policing mechanism by mobilizing patrol police, station officers and traffic police to prevent and curb crimes in the city.