(ECNS) - The Beijing municipal police have paid out rewards amounting to 400,000 yuan ($64,440) for 45 anti-terrorism tip-offs from members of the public, according to the Beijing Times on Monday.
Beijing police have received over 800 leads since an anti-terrorism regulation was introduced on March 1, 2014. The leads have led to investigations involving illegal possession and trafficking of firearms, explosive devices, and instigation to violent terrorism.
In one case, a shop owner in Beijing suspected two customers after they bought several fire axes from him. As soon as the customers left the store, the owner reported his concerns to the police and was praised for providing helpful information.
In another case, a staff member at a Beijing-based logistics company reported gun-shaped objects found in delivery packages. Following the lead, police arrested two suspects, in whose residence a large number of imitation guns were discovered and confiscated.
Both of the above cases received award payments from Beijing police, who plan to offer more rewards for anti-terrorism reporting in the future. Verifiable and pragmatic leads will receive "considerable, multiple, and immediate rewards."