Notices from Police
  • Some tricks of guarding against burgling in summer

    1. Keep the valuables away from the window so as to prevent the villains from “fishing”. It is burning hot in summer, and the residents are willing to open windows when they are ready to go sleep in the night so as to be convenient for ventilation. In this quarter, the habitual stealing measure of lawbreakers is to use a bamboo rod plus an iron hook to extend into the window, and hook the bags and clothes put near windows. We have some countermeasures: before open windows and go to sleep, the residents who are living in the ground floor might as well put the valuables away from windows, so that the lawbreakers will have nothing to hook. Moreover, we can hang a wind-bell on the window, if there is a bit of “rustle of leaves in the wind”, the wind-bell will sound the alarm in time. 2. Windows should be shut well when the air conditioner is working at night. In the house that its air conditioner is working at night, the whole family member often sleep in one room, and doesn’t set up defenses for other rooms, so that the lawbreakers will have an opportunity to commit crimes when your windows of other rooms are wide open. Do remember! You should shut windows of other rooms well closed, or before opening windows and going to sleep, you should put several wine bottles or pop-tops on the windowsills near the rainspout, therefore once the lawbreakers enter into the room, the bottles will sound the alarm to remind you. 3. Shut the security door (burglary-resisting door) well after going home, and bear in mind the precautions. Since the summer is coming, the nightlife is rather rich and colorful. Many citizens go home very late after the entertainment, and often forget shutting the security door well or don’t shut the door close before sleep. It provides the lawbreakers an opportunity to steal. Pudong Public Security Substation once detected a series of pilferage gang, and most cases among them are like this: the lawbreakers sneak into residential buildings in the dark night to feel out whether the security door are shut well or not one by one. If the door isn’t shut well, they will insert an iron piece in the door, pick the lock and enter into the house to steal. The police warns us here, no matter how late and tired, we should check whether the security door is shut well and close, never leave any room for the lawbreakers to commit crimes, and cause unnecessary losses.

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  • Three lines of defense of security precautions in restaurant

    Along with the prosperousness of catering business in Shanghai, some stealing cases of lawbreakers sneak into restaurants to steal often happen. The catering places along Hongqiao Road in Changning District, which is known as one of famous Food Streets in Shanghai, also face the same public security problem. The Hongqiao Road police station attaches great importance to it, they take many simple but effective precaution measures such as pasting warning slogans and using a slipcover of chair’s back at eye-catching locations of catering places. Thereinto, the Xianqiangfang Restaurant’s practice that is rather special and has a notable effect, they make restaurant employees play leading roles in security precautions, and have set up three lines of defense of security precautions in restaurant. Since Xianqiangfang Restaurant started business from the year of 1998, the business was very prosperous at the beginning, but soon after that, many stealing cases of customers’ personal leather handbags and wallets in coat pocket were stolen happened. When the restaurant was being on pins and needles, on the one hand the Hongqiao Road police station assigned plainclothes policemen to watch for and ambuscade the thieves on site, and on the other hand they improve the employees’ vigilance through enhancing the training work of security precautions to employees, so as to let them know well the means and characteristic of committing crimes by lawbreakers, and combine the security precautions with daily work. The key point is to make the welcome lady, waiter/waitress, and restaurant security personnel cooperate with each other, take precautions together and bring their capability into full play. The welcome lady is the “first line of defense” from the angle of security precautions of the restaurant. The welcome lady must lead the guest to the repast seat according to requirements. If a person who claims to look for somebody, the welcome lady should lead him to the seat, and if he doesn’t find anybody, the welcome lady should also lead him to go out the restaurant, so that the chance of the lawbreakers sneak into the restaurant and prepare for committing crimes, is decreased greatly. Waiter/waitress, as “the second line of defense”, should pay special attention to those suspected persons who drink only tea with no dishes order, look around, wander among the tables for a long time or leave the seat to make phone calls and go to WC frequently. In case of discovering that kind of thing, the waiter/waitress should inquire such suspected persons forwardly and politely. With more inquiries and more glances by the waiter/waitress, the lawbreakers would just feel that you have been noticing them, and they dare not take reckless actions. At the peak time of business, it is very fastidious about how to arrange well the locations of the restaurant security personnel. After a considerate study, the restaurant arranges the security personnel at the locations such as entrance, toilet and untouched corners beyond the vision, etc., which often happens stealing cases, and assigns appointed personnel to make an inspection tour regularly at a certain time. Meanwhile, the security personnel also will be especially on guard against certain suspected persons according to the information transmitted from the welcome lady and the waiter/waitress. Therefore, to the normal repast customers, the security personnel looks like discernible at one moment and gone the next-appear indistinctly, but to the lawbreakers, the security personnel, which composes “the third line of defense”, is just appearing around them to a nicety. In this way, the lawbreakers will be “led” by the welcome lady to go out from the restaurant, or will be “inquired” on pins and needles by the waiter/waitress, or will be “guarded” by the security personnel with no crack to get in by. These three lines of defense make the lawbreakers have no crack to get in by, and no stealing cases have happened in recent two years.

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  • Riding in a bus in winter, you should be on guard against “pickpocket” in this way.

    During the Spring Festival period, the people, money and goods flow frequently, and this provides an opportunity for pickpockets to seize. Then how to take precautions to prevent from being stolen when the passengers are taking public vehicles? The investigators of Public Security Bureau, who fight at “frontline of anti-pickpocket” all the year round, introduce everybody to the following cases of taking precautions against “pickpockets” in winter. You should pay attention to pickpockets when you go out at high noon. At noon of one certain day, Ms. Chen took NO.345 branch line bus to go into town. The carriage was basked warmly in the high noon sun, Ms. Chen was nearly drowsy along with the jolt of bus, and she didn’t realize that a pickpocket had been aiming at her pocket. When the bus was going to stop at the north suburb market station, Ms. Chen walked to the bus door and was ready to get off, she suddenly found that her wallet disappeared at the time of taking out her monthly ticket. “Where is my wallet?” As. Ms Chen was in puzzle, an anti-pickpocket investigator who he holds a wallet in one hand and plucks a young man in another hand, asked, “Is this yours?” It turned out that the young man stole her wallet when she was drowsy. Anti-pickpocket police warns: the pickpockets usually get on bus to steal at the peak time of going to work and leaving off work, that’s mainly because it is easy to take cover and steal for there are too many people. While in winter, the pickpockets are more likely to commit a crime at noon, because it doesn’t freeze hands and “make them too conspicuous”, also the passengers who go out at noon are easy to feel sleepy, and they often relax their vigilance for their personal belongings. You should beware when you are jostled continuously. One morning, Mr. Sun took NO.116 bus to go to work. Because the distance only covers 3 stations, Mr. Sun stood near the bus door. Mr. Sun felt somebody squeezing him when the bus started soon after, therefore he inclined to one side so as to let the young man jostling him to pass through, but that young man didn’t move on. When the bus ran to the next station, the young man jostled him again, then turned around and took off. Mr. Sun fumbled the pocket subconsciously, wow! “My wallet is gone!“ Anti-pickpocket police warns: Cases of money and goods are stolen due to the continuous jostles often happen. The passengers should stand at the middle part of the bus instead of near the door after getting on the bus, because the pickpockets usually “likes” to jostle here so as to quickly get off and run away after committing a crime. Get on bus in turn to avoid “rushing to the door”. One afternoon, a No. 324 bus just pulled into the station, the nearly 70-year old Aunt Li elbows her way to get on the bus with the crowd, a young man from other places wearing a Western suit quickly approached to Aunt Li from her back, with the cover of his partners, he opened Aunt Li’s bag and pulled out an envelope that contained money. Anti-pickpocket police warns: “rush to the door” means that the pickpockets commit a crime when passengers are getting on /off a bus, this kind of case occupies more than half of the total stealing cases that happen in the bus/trolley bus. Passengers often scramble for seats or rush to get off bus, but relax their vigilance when the bus/trolley bus pulls into a station and passengers get on /off bus. Policeman warns: passengers must obey riding order self-consciously, listen to the instruction of the driver and conductor, and get on/off bus in turn. In the course of getting on/off bus, passengers should particularly take care of their own money and goods; put the knapsacks and other valuables in front of themselves. How to report a case to the security authorities after being stolen? If a passenger finds his or her property stolen, he or she should try to keep calm. He or she can request the driver and the conductor to shut the door first and help looking for whether the money or goods dropped on the floor. If there is suspected person on the bus, the passenger can ask the driver and the conductor or the crowd on site to help him to impeach the suspected person to the nearby police station. If there is no suspected person and the property is lost hopelessly, the victim of the crime should report the case to the public traffic substation or police station. The person who is stolen should pay attention to the following two points when he or she reports a case to the securities authorities: 1. If the lost property is a mobile phone or Beep Pager, one should transact the procedure of suspending the mobile phone before reporting. Then one should report to the police with that procedure, purchase invoice and ID. card. 2. If the knapsack or clothes are lacerated by a pickpocket, when reporting, one should take above-mentioned goods so that the policeman can take photos as proof.

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  • When scaffolds are being put up outside window…

    The summer and the autumn are just the construction peak period of house repairing and maintaining, and now a lot of construction scaffolds can be seen in many residential areas in Shanghai. Some thieves frequently climb up the buildings and enter into the rooms to steal by means of these scaffolds during this period. Last year, there happened five similar stealing cases in a resident area in a month when there was a construction project of “changing the flat roofs into gable roofs”,as a result the residents there suffered great loss in property. Therefore, when the police are cracking down offenders and criminals severely, they remind citizens that once the house comes across the construction projects such as “changing the flat roofs into gable roofs” and house overhauling, etc., and the scaffolds are in a very short distance with your window and balcony, you should indeed sharpen your vigilance to enhance the security precautions work of the house. Citizens should shut firmly the windows (including the kitchen and the toilet room) and the door of balcony, and also you can adopt some simple but efficient technical precautions measures. Therefore, if the thief climbs up the building, he could not enter into the room because of the measures. It is worth mentioning that among some similar stealing cases so many residents don’t shut the door and window when they go out, and this provides convenience to the thieves. Residents living in higher floors should pay more attention to the security, they always need not to set up defenses to the window and the balcony because of living high, and they are easy to ignore the hidden security troubles brought by the construction project. Certainly, residents should strengthen to remind each other and watch carefully in the neighborhood. Once anyone finds somebody climbing up the scaffold and prying about suspiciously, he or she should inform the police immediately. And at the same time, the residents should remind and urge the construction project unit to enhance management and assign special person to make inspection tour of the scaffolds that have been put up, so as to prevent them from being used by lawbreakers.

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  • Go shopping with precautions

    When it is at the two-day weekend, all the business plazas of Shanghai become even more bustling with noise and excitement. Moreover, some lawbreakers also have sneaked into those places, and are ready to steal. Though, every act and every move of lawbreakers can hardly escape the piercing eyes of our policemen, yet, to every buyer, it is just delectable to go shopping with precautions. What will most easily become the targets of stealing are the two-shoulder knapsack, oblique satchel and back trouser pocket. Young student loves the two-shoulder knapsack most, but the knapsack behind him goes beyond his field of vision, and the tactual sensation of back is relatively weak as well. Therefore, it is not only safe but also fashionable to carry the knapsack contrarily before his body in the places of great numbers of people. The oblique satchel is very popular this year, however its opening is especially large. It will be easily gazed at by thieves that the oblique satchel with rather long strap. Withal, you can exercise your brains on the slide fastener of oblique satchel, for instance, to tie a knot at the button of oblique satchel. And that makes it harder to unzip it for the thieves. The depth of back trousers pocket is especially shallow and goes beyond the field of vision as well, and it is very unsafe to put the purse into the this pocket. What’s more in the stores that people are hurrying to and fro? Though it is the commonplace, when buying too much things and being flustered, it is just easy to make this kind of mistake. Areas with a high incidence of stealing: Fitting room, area of trying shoes. When buying clothes, you must have a try-on. At the time of glancing right and left, you may ignore your coat and handbag of the fitting room. The thief of the same sex may disguise to try on clothes with you together and may set about stealing swiftly, when you are frequently changing clothes and mirror-trying. When encounters the fitting room without a roof, the thief will throw the handbag out of the room and collaborate from within with forces from outside. When some buyers are lowering their heads to try on the shoes, they always chronically put the handbags on the stool near them conveniently, and they focus their attention on the new shoes in the mirror. No sooner do you turn away your head than the bag may be hopelessly lost. Therefore, whether you try on clothes or shoes, you must ensure that the coat and handbag are in your field of vision. It would be best to have a fellow accompany you, and the fellow will be both the correlation and the adviser. At the time of great popularity, you will not entrust the shop employee to keep an eye on your things to the best of your abilities, because sooner or later may the shop employee possibly attend to other business as well. Salesclerk: it is most important to timely remind customers. When shopping, the buyers always focus their attention to the commodities, and will easily relax their vigilance. At this moment, if the near shop employee can remind the buyers to take care of the bags and the money, it will acquire not only good effect of precaution but also the excellent credit of shop. It is a sort of service for buyers to go shopping in safety. If the buyers always have their hearts in their mouths when in shopping, the service quality and shopping environment are not already worth mentioning. It will reduce the occurrences of cases, avoid the happenings of disputes, and make the buyers feel very pleasant to let the shop employees call attention to buyers of the property safety.

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