A few days ago the Mainichi News on-line reported the following:
毎日新聞 2014年08月02日 00時05分（最終更新 08月02日 00時26分）
On the first (of August), Osaka began a measure to station private patrol parties in the 24 districts of the city aiming at deterring street crimes such as purse-snatching. Last year the known number of street crime cases of the city was about 26,000. It was the worst level among all ordinance-designated cities in the country; Mayor Toru Hashimoto disclosed the target of "reducing it to 20,000 or less cases in two years, and aim at getting rid of being the worst".
According to the city, a private security company was entrusted with 120 people to become inspection members who would cooperate with the police to patrol the area, with the night time in weekdays as the focus. In each district two to six people would be assigned. Also, according to the security situation, a total of 16 people would be assigned to the three districts of the North, the Center, and Yodogawa which were in the downtown.
On this day it was past 5:00 p.m., inspection members in uniform one after another departed from the Yodogawa ward office. They patrolled the shopping centers in front of Jusohigashi Station etc. and appealed to passersby for caution that “in order to avoid snatching, wear your bag diagonally" etc.
On the problem revolving around the number of known street crime cases, it was revealed that the
prefecture police had under reported about 80,000 cases in the five years since 2008. This was the background in those days that Mayor Hashimoto who as the
governor pressed on the prefecture police strongly for "getting rid off
being the worst place in the nation on street crimes". Osaka
At a press conference held on 31st of last month, Mayor Hashimoto raised the numerical target again, saying that "false reporting is another problem; management on the number is required".
I look forward to seeing a better
leadership of Mayor Toru Hashimoto. Osaka