Database to Monitor Bicycle Thieves in Beijing

BEIJING, China - Beijing police have announced plans to crack down on bicycle theft by establishing a database of thieves. Wang Xiaobing, an officer with Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security, said bike theft was rampant in the city and the database was needed. "Citizens who buy stolen bicycles for the first time will receive criticism and education," he said. However, if they do it a second time, their action will be regarded as "buying stolen goods" and they will receive public security penalties including a warning, detention or even re-education through labour.