Storage Boxes Deter Thieves in Restaurants

Update:02 Mar 2007

In this undated photo, a waitress showcases a storage box her restaurant used for storing customers' valuable belongings. Many restaurants in Beijing's Guanganmennei area use the boxes to deter pickpockets. [File Photo: bjd.com.cn]

Diners at some Beijing restaurants are able to enjoy dining out without worrying about becoming targets of pickpockets thanks to storage boxes provided by the restaurants.

Forty-eight restaurants in the Chinese capital's Guanganmennei area are now equipped with the cane boxes, each measuring 60 by 50 by 50 centimeters. The box can store diners' belongings while serving as a stool when closed.

District police started promoting the use of the boxes in January last year when pickpockets were running rampant in the bustling dining area.

No cases were reported in three pilot restaurants in the first three months, while previously the spots suffered from frequent cases of diners losing laptops and purses.

Police say the number of cases in these restaurants dropped 65 percent last year compared to the year before.

SOURCE: CRI

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