Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Fact of the Day: HK's Crime Rate Drops

People being arrested the morning of July 2 after the mass protest march
Today the Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung said the city's crime rate had dropped 7.1 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year.

In his briefing to lawmakers on the year's law and order situation, Tsang said there were 936 cases per 100,000 people, the first time the crime rate dropped below 1,000 cases per 100,000 since 1973.

That means there were a total of 67,740 crimes in all categories reported last year, a 7.1 percent decrease from the 72,911 cases in 2013.

Arrests for robberies saw a big plunge of 38.2 percent, and burglary was 24.4 percent.

The number of arrests also dropped, with 33,679 arrested by police, an 8 percent year-on-year decrease.

These arrests include the ones for those who "occupied" Central the evening of the July 1 protest march, as well as those who were part of the Umbrella Movement. So imagine if there were no protests last year -- the crime rate would probably be even lower!

So how dare people like Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Commissioner Tsang accuse those who participated in the 79-day protest of being unlawful. Were shop windows broken? Were police vehicles turned over and set on fire? Was there any looting?

Tsang has to admit that the protesters were peaceful save for a few skirmishes, and that Hong Kong people are civilized and respect "rule of law".

It's like people complaining that the MTR's performance rate at over 99 percent is still not good enough.

Could we please step back and look at the big picture?

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