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CCTVs help cops nab more loan shark runners

Number of harassment cases has plummeted

Published on May 16, 2014 7:47 AM

Electronic eyes have helped police nab an increasing number of loan shark runners, and put the squeeze on those involved in illegal moneylending and loan shark harassment.

Unlicensed moneylenders, thieves and molesters made up the bulk of those nabbed through footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, said police yesterday.

In total, such technology has helped to solve 60 crimes of all types, and provided leads in another 220 cases since police started using the devices two years ago.

The result: Nearly 2,000 people were arrested for unlicensed moneylending and related harassment activities last year, more than twice the number nabbed in 2009, when such cases were at their peak. In 2009, more than 18,000 cases were reported, compared with about 8,300 cases last year.

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