By Fareeza Haniff in Beijing
With a major focus on maintaining public security, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has reported that the country has one of the lowest crime rates, making it one of the safest countries in the world.
Addressing reporters at a press conference during the party’s historic 20th National Congress, Xu Ganlu, Vice Minister and member of the CPC Committee of the Ministry of Public Security revealed that China has the lowest homicide rate, the lowest criminal crime rate and the fewest gun explosion cases, with 0.5 homicides per 100,000 people.
Xu, who is also Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the National Immigration Administration, highlighted that in the past 10 years, the “five indexes” of criminal cases and safety accidents have dropped significantly.
He noted that in 2021, the number of registered cases of eight major criminal offences such as homicide and rape, drug crimes, robbery and robbery cases, theft cases, and the number of major traffic accidents with more than three deaths at a time decreased by 64.4 per cent, 56.8 per cent, 96.1 per cent, 62.6 per cent and 59.3 per cent respectively compared with 2012.
“In 2021, according to a survey by the National Bureau of Statistics, the sense of security reached 98.6 per cent, an increase of 11 percentage points over 2012.
“Today, China is recognised as one of the safest countries in the world,” Xu told the news conference.
He added that over the past 10 years, 3,799 policemen across the country bravely sacrificed their lives, and more than 50,000 public security policemen have been injured.
According to Xu, this fully demonstrates that the public security contingent is “loyal to the party, serving the people, enforcing the law justly, and exercising strict discipline, and can be called the loyal guardians of the party and the people in the new era.”
He said the CPC, with President Xi Jinping at its core, will continue to create a safe and stable social environment for “sustained and healthy economic development.”
Xu highlighted that public security organs across the country “prevented and severely cracked down on the infiltration, subversion, and sabotage activities of hostile forces, severely cracked down on all kinds of illegal crimes that infringed on the safety of people’s lives and property, effectively safeguarded national security, maintained social stability, and protected people’s tranquillity.”
The security minister committed that the security forces will strive to prevent and resolve “risks and hidden dangers” that affect social stability and carry out anti-gang crime.