Date
17 December 2017
Police patrols in Beijing will be stepped up under an unprecedented plan to fight terror. Photo: Chinanews.com
Police patrols in Beijing will be stepped up under an unprecedented plan to fight terror. Photo: Chinanews.com

Beijing throws people, money at terror

Beijing is stepping up its fight against terror with people and money.

The local government formed a 100,000-strong task force to lead the fight and announced a three-level cash reward system for information on suspected terrorist activities, Beijing News reported Sunday.

On Friday, Beijing hosted an anti-terror meeting in which it unveiled the initiatives.

Fu Zhenghua, head of the city government’s public security department, called for increased information gathering and an effective warning mechanism.

Meanwhile, cash rewards ranging from 1,000 yuan (US$160) to 40,000 yuan are being offered to informants in three stages, depending on the efficiency of their reporting of suspected terror acts.   

Reports considered helpful are worth between 1,000 and 10,000 yuan, major information 20,000 yuan to 30,000 yuan and outstanding information at least 40,000 yuan. The awards will be evaluated every six months.

Informers can report through a 110 number, Weibo, e-mail, or by verbal reporting to the police, the report said.

In addition, the government has told policemen to focus on 14 major areas in the capital including the Wangfujing financial and shopping district and the Beijing train station.

They have been ordered to be in place within one minute of an incident. Police motorcycle patrols will be beefed up.

Helicopter crews have been on routine alert since May 19.

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