Beijing police boast of security record during Olympics

August 27th, 2008 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 27 (Xinhua) Crime figures in the Chinese capital during the Olympic days were at an eight-year low, thanks to the tight security measures, police said Wednesday. The figures reported between Aug 8 and 24 were “the lowest” compared with the same periods in the past eight years, they said.

The police declined to give figures, but said the number of serious cases such as murder, robbery and rape all fell.

A total of 482 suspects, including 40 foreigners, were arrested during the period for alleged involvement in robbery, mugging or theft.

But no such cases were reported in the Olympic venues like stadiums, media centres and designated hotels and hospitals, largely due to tight security checks and massive patrols in those areas.

About 35,000 policemen were on patrol duty daily during the Olympic Games.

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