'Intelligent measures' make the city safer

The number of criminal cases this year have dropped 16.6 percent from the same period last year, while the detention rate has risen 5.8 percent.

Information and intelligent measures have played a vital role in making Shanghai a safer city, Gong Daoan, director of the public security bureau, said on Thursday.

This year, the number of criminal cases have dropped 16.6 percent from the same period last year, while the detention rate has risen 5.8 percent, he said.

Homicide cases in Shanghai have been cleared up 100 percent for three consecutive years.

Since an anti-telecom scam center was set up in March last year, the number of cases received and losses of victims have dropped 27.4 percent and 34.8 percent respectively, Gong announced.

Information technology has also been used to combat traffic violations, enabling Shanghai to drop to 11th place this year from 7th in 2015 in the ranking of China's most congested cities. The rankings were  released by Auto Navi Map.

The numbers of road accidents and related deaths and injuries have dropped sharply, thanks to the use of intelligent technology.

The numbers of fires and related casualties have also declined by 50.6 percent and 39.7 percent, respectively,  since 2013.

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