China's murder rate was nearly the lowest in the world, well below countries such as Japan and Switzerland, according to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security, the People's Daily reported Tuesday.
According to the ministry, China's homicide rate stands at 0.8 cases per 100,000 people. Japan's rate is 1.14, and Switzerland is 1.27. Chinese police solve 94.5 percent of murder cases.
The People's Daily reported the ministry carried out several new measures to achieve the low rate, such as improved interdepartmental cooperation, the legal awareness of the police, and the way police changed their work style to serve the people.
However, some Chinese Web users raised doubts over the statistics from the ministry, pointing to the small number of murder cases and the high rate of solved cases.
"The number of murder cases was counted based on the registered ones, but how many are unregistered?" one Web user asked.
Some Web users said that the high rate at which the murders were solved does not mean Chinese police have solved other crimes at the same rate. Web users also linked the high rate of solving murders to the use of torture to extract confessions.
Overall, about 38 percent of registered criminal cases were solved in 2011, a total of 2,312,832, according to the China Statistical Yearbook 2011, which was compiled by the National Bureau of the Statistics.
The same yearbook also showed that murder cases only accounted for about 0.2 percent of the registered criminal cases in 2011. The largest segment of criminal cases were related to larceny.