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“Laughing Sir” X Senior Crime Fighters in MTR Crime Prevention Campaign

“Laughing Sir” X Senior Crime Fighters in MTR Crime Prevention Campaign

The Senior Crime Fighters joined hands with Hong Kong artist Mr Michael Tse, in his popular TV cop role of “Laughing Sir”, to launch the annual “MTR
Crime Prevention Campaign” at MTR Hung Hom Station starting it’s month long campaign on the 15 September 2011. 
Co-organised by the Railway District of Hong Kong Police and the MTR Corporation, the Campaign reminds passengers that crime is no laughing matter.  Everyone can play a role to prevent crime by always staying alert and watching out for each other. “The crime rate in the MTR remains low, accounting for just 1.5 percent of all crimes committed in Hong Kong in the first half of 2011, which is lower than the 1.7 percent recorded in the same period last year,” Railway District Commander Senior Superintendent Mr Abraham Cheng revealed at the launch ceremony.  “And thanks to the vigilance of MTR staff and passengers, we are able to thwart would-be criminals before they prey or apprehend them in act.” 
Nevertheless, figures show the most frequently committed offence was pickpocketing, with 151 cases. It was the only category that showed an increase in the first half of the year.
To raise passenger awareness to be more careful of their belongings, a special “Beware of pickpockets” poster has been designed for this year’s campaign.
As part of today’s ceremony, four passengers were recognised for their valiant efforts at thwarting a pickpocketing case, assisting police to catch a thief and helping to protect fellow passengers from harm.  They were awarded Good Passenger certificates and pins by Mr Cheng and Operations Director of the MTR Corporation Dr Jacob Kam.
“I would like to thank the four passengers being awarded today, and the many others who travel on the MTR each day, for their assistance in helping to keep criminals away from our railway network,” said Dr Kam.  “As our Senior Crime Fighters show, we can make a difference at any age.  All we need to do is to keep our eyes and ears open.”
During the month-long Campaign, the Senior Crime Fighters will be visiting different MTR stations to remind passengers to stay alert to prevent crime.  Their messages will be reinforced through posters featuring 3-dimensional Smiley®World characters pointing out criminals in the act. 


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