Is there much crime in Mainland China?
Sthitapragnya Deshpande, worked at China
No – living here now for quiet some time, I have realized that the amount of crime in China is stunningly low.
I say stunningly low as there more crime in UK (London and a few other towns). I am sure it exists in some pockets but it is terribly low and extremely safe. I would say it is safer than Hong Kong (which already is among the safest cities in the world)
I think it is not just due to the governance, but also due to the way the people behave when they have good governance and more productive things to do.
Walter Chow, Director, Joesdata.com, where deal starts
No, much safer than most countries. The intentional homicide rate for China is 0.74%, ranked 194 out of 219 countries. The rate for Canada is 1.68%, France 1.58%, Germany 0.85%, India 3.21%, and United States 4.88%. (List of countries by intentional homicide rate – Wikipedia)
Timothy Soh, I am fascinated with Chinese politics.
But different from what you would consider crime in other countries.
The reason why most people say that China is largely safe is because they live in the eastern cities where it is heavily policed.
The cities themselves have a pickpocket problem, something the locals might attribute to brown people.
Most of the crimes in China are fraud related. Many of them don’t end up in the courts for various reasons thus not classified as ‘crime’. White collar crimes are on the rise in China.
They also do have a big traffic problem. Again these aren’t considered ‘crimes’ but traffic accidents.
Muggings are quite rare although I almost fell victim to a snatch theft once.
Convicted murders are so rare that when it hits the news, everyone starts fretting, thinking that it might happen to them next.
But there is a bias in their policing. If you are a foreigner, criminals try to avoid you because you are unnecessary trouble. The police protects foreigners pretty well for reputation reasons. Sometimes the locals get the shorter end of the stick when it comes to police protection.
Jamie Cawley, Author of “Beliefs and the world they have created. Lives in China
Much less then in typical western countries
SI Nuo, works at Teach For China
There aren’t that much violent crime in mainland China.
However, you do get a few attempts from general defrauds, Ponzi Schemes, Pyramid Schemes, credit card defrauds, insurance defrauds…….every single day.