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Beijing Tightens Control in Anticipation of Social Unrest

On May 30, 2014, China Youth Daily reported that Beijing has increased the level of its security by deploying over 850,000 “security volunteers” throughout the city to assist the police. These “security volunteers” patrol the streets and monitor the activities of their neighbors. 

Beijing has also activated a community intelligence network that includes close to 100,000 security informants; the network covers the entire city. Starting in June, there will be 1,000 safety officers deployed on the buses and 866 security officers and guards at the bus terminals. 4,000 buses will be equipped with monitoring cameras on board. Residents who provide important leads about security risks may be rewarded a minimum of 40,000 yuan (about $6,413)
Source: China Youth Daily reprinted by Xinhua, May 30, 2014