New kit to stamp out loansharking activities

The police rolled out a new anti-loansharking lift decal and an information kit to further deter potential criminals on Sunday.

The decal encourages people to avoid illegal money lenders and lists a hotline for them to report the activities of loan sharks, while the information kit has details and contact numbers of anti-addiction organisations such as the National Council on Problem Gambling.

The decals will be pasted on lift doors at more than 400 housing block lift lobbies across the island by the end of the month. The blocks include some which were vandalised by loan sharks.

The number of unlicensed money lending and related harassment cases fell last year, even as the police stepped up efforts to stamp out loan sharking.

Last year, there were 8,988 such cases, almost 25 per cent fewer than the 11,776 cases in 2011.

The number of people arrested for unlicensed money lending and related harassment cases also fell from 1,981 in 2011 to 1,903 last year.

In a statement on Sunday, the police said the improvement was partly due to its community outreach efforts.