Crime Trends in Hong Kong, China
Broadhurst, R.G., Lee, K.W. & Chan C.Y. 2008. ‘Crime Trends’, in Wing Hong Chui & T.Wing Lo [Eds.], Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong, Willan: Cullompton
22 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2012
Date Written: June 5, 2007
Hong Kong (HK) has become one of the world’s safest metropolises. This is reflected in the low official crime and victimization rates – confirmed by both government and UN crime victim surveys. HK’s anti-crime efforts and support of law enforcement is reflected in the relatively high incarceration rate (176.8 in 2005 per 100,000) and a large police service (486.6 police per 100,000 in 2000). An average of 10% of total public expenditure is devoted to security. The role of government and other factors in contributing to a relatively safe environment is discussed. Cultural factors such as utilitarian familism, Confucianism and extended kinship structures are often cited as contributing factors to the low crime rates. HK citizens are conformist and public attitudes favor a government that is hostile to crime and supportive of severe punishment to adult offenders.
Keywords: Hong Kong, crime rate, victimisation, Hong Kong police
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