China Police Use Micro-blogs ‘To Connect with Public’

departments across China are turning to micro-blog accounts to keep in touch with the public. BBC reports on the “Safe Beijing” micro-blog, which has almost 330,000 followers:

The latest message (number 1,482) warns that blocking or hiding vehicle licence-plates intentionally is illegal and could result in a fine and licence penalty points.

Previous messages include a notice about roadworks, accompanied by a map, and a warning about burglaries.

It alerts citizens to a spate of break-ins overnight in one-storey courtyard-type houses.

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