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Beijing's Public Security Improves

BEIJING, August 29 -- The Chinese capital Beijing has witnessed a 60.7 percent drop in the number of robberies, pick- pocketings, thefts of automobiles and other major police cases in the first half of the year.

Criminal cases investigated by the police dropped by 6.2 percent over the same period of last year, burglary cases declined by 17.8 percent, and auto theft cases dropped 35.5 percent, according to figures from the municipal committee of politics and justice.

A poll by the municipal bureau of statistics shows that the number of citizens approving of the security situation rose by 8.5 percent from the end of last year.

Senior municipal officials attributed the improving public security to the capital's comprehensive approach to crime control.

However, the city's bid to attain modernization ahead of other Chinese regions and its winning of the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games have put forward new demands on it as far as social stability is concerned.

The city has urged relevant departments to make a strenuous and unremitting effort to maintain the political and social stability of the capital, which is critical to the stability and prosperity of the whole country.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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