What to do when involved in a crime
Unfortunately, although said to have good public safety and order, Japan is not completely free from crimes. According to the announcement of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, The number of cases that foreign visitors to Japan suffer damage has been gradually increasing.
If so, what kind of crimes should we be careful about? We are also explaining countermeasures.
What kind of crimes are foreign travelers often involved in in Japan?
According to the announcement of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Foreign visitors to Japan are often involved in the following crimes in Japan. We will also teach you ways to prevent and deal with crimes, hoping you find it informative.
Passing by you by motor cycle, etc. from the back, a criminal snatches the luggage you are carrying. As the luggage on the side of street is often targeted, you should carry the bag including ID and cash on the side of sidewalk.
If snatched your bag, it is also important not to forcedly grab and try to get back it. Because you may be pulled down and seriously injured.
A bag left on a chair or a table is stolen . When absent even in a short time, you should carry an important luggage with you. The method which has been increasingly used in recent years is that while one of criminals is talking to a tourist to divert his/her attention, another one takes a luggage away.
A luggage left in a rental car is stolen. Even if the car is locked, you may suffer damage from crimes with heavy-handed methods, for example, forcedly opening a door with special tools, breaking a glass, and destroying a keyhole.
As a countermeasure, if leaving the bag in the car parked, you should put it at place that can not be seen from outside the car. It is the most important not to make criminals aware that there is something of value in the car.
【Rented bicycle theft】
If a bicycle you leased on site is stolen, you will be in trouble. Many bicycle rental service operators have set a tender around 10,000 yen, and it will be troublesome to take procedures to file a claim. Make sure to lock the bicycle when leaving it.
However, even if you locked it, some bicycle thieves are so familiar with mechanism of rented bicycles that they can easily unlock them. If theft insurance for rented bicycles is available, you should buy the insurance policy.
How to call the police
Even with extreme care, you may unfortunately suffer damage from a crime. In addition, you may be unable to ask help from a police officer immediately without a police box nearby.
In preparation for such situation, you should install “Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department 110 App” on your smartphone. Inputting necessary data in advance will enable you to call the police only by touching an icon. Presently, it can be used only in Tokyo, and its interface is available in Japanese only. However, we are briefly explaining how to set the app.
First, select “Practice Mode”.
【Confirming details of report and transmitting positional information 】
Select “Yes” for both.
【Selection of positional information】
Select the present position.
As it is written only in Japanese, it may be better to ask Japanese for help.
【Explanation of circumstance 1】
“crime or accident?” → ”Accident”
“Were you involved in the accident?” → ”Yes"
【Explanation of circumstance 2】
Input “what happened” and “your name”. Just in case, it is better to input telephone number and e-mail address. After inputting all necessary matters, touch “Send”. It is ok to leave parts without red ※blank.
Type a message in the send box. Touch “Send”.
A while later, the message will come from the police. Please try to send as easy-to-understand message as possible.