HK govt instructs police to increase patrols  in response to recent spike in violence

Chris Tang

10th June 2023 – (Hong Kong) In the wake of recent violent incidents in Hong Kong, including the Diamond Hill murder case and the shocking killing of 3 young children in Sham Shui Po, a woman was recently attacked outside the MTR Choi Hung Station, and just yesterday, a student in Wong Tai Sin was chased by a fork-wielding man.

In response to the spate of violent incidents, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, announced on a radio program today that the Chief Executive has instructed the police to increase their patrols and take a more proactive stance in preventing and responding to such incidents.

Tang stated that more police officers will be deployed to the front lines, particularly in areas with high foot traffic, and auxiliary police will be called upon to step up their presence as well. The police riot squad will also increase their patrols. The police will also work with shopping malls and building security personnel to encourage them to report incidents promptly, to prevent them from escalating into violent events.

Tang acknowledged that the number of cases related to violence this year has increased compared to last year, but he attributed this to the fact that there were fewer people on the streets during the first half of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that the situation has not suddenly deteriorated.

Tang also urged the public to be mindful of their surroundings and to seek help if needed, while also showing empathy towards others.