China's Police are known as 'Kong-Ann' or Public Security. This
is a name often associated with the political police unit of China
during the turbulent periods between 1950s-1970s. Even the uniform
donned by the 'Kong-Ann' looked more like the olive green often
associated with the para-military rather than the light blue or
favored by most Police around the world.
the Police in China has changed to a smarter blue uniform and
is more often known as 'Jing Cha' or Police rather than 'Kong-Ann'
Safety and Security
China has one of the lowest capital crime rate in the world. It
is generally safe to walk the streets at night and cases of outright
robbery or theft is still pretty uncommon.
petty crime such as pick pocketing is common especially in cities
which sees plenty of tourists such as Xian and Beijing or cities
with large flow of migrants from poorer regions such as Guangzhou.
In these cities, it is important to watch your wallet and purses
especially in crowded places such as train and bus stations,
shopping malls and tourist sites.
area to watch out for are con artistes and cheats. Again, this
is common in cities flooded with tourists and migrants and may
be uncommon in other cities not associated with tourist trade.
artistes comes in all forms. They may approach you off the streets
and offer to bring you to places for cheap shopping or may offer
to exchange local currency for US dollars at a better rate. Often,
these con artistes work in gangs and it is often to your detriment
if you follow them to a shop or make a deal with them. Always
avoid any approaches in the streets with extreme caution.
case of crime
In the rare event that you meet with crime or has been cheated, make it a point
to report to the Police. Get the hotel reception to help you contact the Police.
Police had a reputation previously for being lethargic in their
reponse to crime reporting especially when dealing with foreigners
who do not speak Chinese. However, in recent years and with the
urgency to spruce up China's image in view of the coming Olympic
Games, it is more likely that the Police are keen to pay attention
to your complaints. Most Police Department in the larger cities
are likely to have a English speaking person who will be able
to translate your complaint. Do not be surprised if your complaints
are attended to speedily.
area of common misunderstanding is that many buildings and shops
in China engaged private security guards. Many of these guards
wear uniform very similarly to the Police. There has been many
instances when tourists had approached these security guards
for help and had recieved little or no assistance. If in doubt
to the identity of these guards, ask anyone in the street for
help in contacting the Police. Most common person in the street
will be glad to help.
crime prevention tips.
If you are a foreigner, you sticked out like a sore thumb! You
just can't melt into the crowd:-)
in the eyes of petty thieves, a foreigner equates to US dollars
and that means a lot of money. Always keep your wallet and valuable
close to you and avoid flashing jewelleries or money. Weak your
backpack to the front instead of to the back. Move in a group
Chinese are still curious about foreigners; esspecially in the
inner cities. (Foreigners or LaoWai are not a novelty in the
big cities anymore; despite what some travel books may claim
otherwise). Friendly as these Chinese may be, the common people
are unlikely to swarm around you and offer to make friends or
pass on special shopping tips to you. Language is still a problem.
take any group of Chinese that comes up to you and seem to be
particularly friendly with a pinch of suspicion especially in
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