Force takes part in tripartite seminar in Harbin
Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Ng Ka-sing led a six-member Force delegation to attend a Mainland-Macau-Hong Kong seminar in Harbin, Heilongjiang, from January 17 to 20 to discuss measures to combat cross-boundary bankcard related crimes. The seminar was organised by the Economic Crime Investigation Department (ECID) of the Ministry of Public Security and the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs Office with assistance of the Heilongjiang Public Security Department.
Other members of the Force delegation were Senior Superintendent Chow Oi-wang, Chief Inspector Yu Hoi-kwan and Senior Inspectors Lee Cheuk-wing, Tam Man-hoi and Yu Let-pen, all from Commercial Crime Bureau.
The Force delegates met their Macau counterparts and economic crime investigators from Guangdong and Guangxi and discussed ways of strengthening the co-operation amongst the three jurisdictions in dealing with cross-boundary bankcard related crimes.
Mr Ng pointed out that as development of the bankcard industry on the Mainland in recent years had facilitated the flow of funds among Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland, the police forces in the three jurisdictions faced a challenge in combating cross-boundary bankcard related crimes. With economy and technology developing at a fast pace, criminals had varied their tricks and exploited the growing usage of the Internet for illegal economic activities, among which cross-boundary bankcard related crimes had become more rampant.
Their modus operandi had evolved from traditional transactions through swiping of bankcards to Internet crimes not involving bankcards and those related to theft of personal particulars. In this regard, better communication and co-operation among the three places are required to prevent and fight such criminal activities, Mr Ng added.
During a presentation on the Mainland's initiatives to deal with bankcard related crimes, representatives learned that special measures have been taken against this type of crime since 2008, and significant progress was made in the past three years.
At the seminar, all parties agreed that to take on new tasks and challenges in the ever-changing world, it is vital for Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland to develop an effective and flexible tripartite collaboration system to combat cross-boundary bankcard related crimes.
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