Recently, Sanya police have strengthened the crackdown on pickpockets with an increase in tourists during the winter peak season. 


More officers are dispatched to catch thieves and pickpockets in places like bus stops, stations, airport, supermarket, ports and Pedestrian Street which is frequently visited by pickpockets.


In December, the force had dealt with 3 scams and pickpocket cases and arrested 5 deaf suspects, said an official with Sanya public security department last Friday.


Police warned tourists that thieves will take advantage of the crowds to dip into people's pockets or handbags to grab purses, wallets or mobile phones.

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