Tokyo police launch year-end crime awareness campaign

TOKYO —

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday night launched an end-of-year crime vigilance drive in Tokyo’s Kabukicho district.

Police Superintendent Kenshi Higuchi joined a patrol in the bustling red-light area to monitor the safety of revelers enjoying year-end parties and to check the positions of the local CCTV cameras, TBS reported. Higuchi also visited a local police station to encourage officers to be especially vigilant over the next 10 days.

According to police, robberies of people using ATMs, pickpocketing, bag-snatching and other crimes peak during the Christmas-New Year season. Police say that crowd policing will be stepped up through Dec 31.

Japan Today

  • 4

    Yubaru

    But who is going monitor the police?

  • 3

    wanderlust

    Awareness of police crimes?

  • 1

    Yubaru

    maybe this should be a bi-annual exercise

    This happens a number of times during any given calendar year. In spring with the start of the new school year, summer, and typically end of the year.

    It's national, and the police increase their patrols on the roads as well setting up road blocks for checking for drunk or impaired drivers and increase checking for other violations on the road, seat belt use, people using cell phones etc etc etc.

    Everyone (usually) pays attention during these times of the year and at the end of the campaigns go back to their typical rude assed, stupid ignorant driving habits. Anyone stupid enough to get caught breaking the laws during these campaign seasons SHOULD be locked up right quick as the police announce this stuff with plenty of lead time and people who ignore it are dumb shites it my opinion.

  • 1

    warnerbro

    They need to make their officers aware of the need for officers to avoid committing crimes.

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    some14some

    crime rate will be down next year also, why? because it will be reported by NPA.

  • 0

    cramp

    maybe this should be a bi-annual exercise

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    smithinjapan

    Yeah, the usual 'week-long' vigilance before they go back to not doing their jobs very well. During said vigilance, they really don't do nearly as much as they could. Just tonight I went past an izakaya on my way home and saw a HEAP of mama-charis spilling out onto the road, in fact, making me have to ride into oncoming traffic or stop my bike and slowly wade through them. I opted for the latter, and saw a large number of middle-aged women with mugs of beer in their hands or on the tables... many of whom without a doubt were going to ride home the mama-charis with the 'on patrol' signs still on them. And I was merely passing by. Imagine if you stopped to do your job and check it out.

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    Herve Nmn L'Eisa

    A little situational awareness among the sheeple would go a long way as well.

  • -1

    oikawa

    Police Chief: "You will be spending this Christmas and New Year in Kabukicho"

    Policeman: "You'll have to twist my arm!"

  • -1

    oikawa

    They're certainly pretty oblivious to crime the rest of the time.

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    badsey3

    This week all the way to New Year's is known as a time of forgiveness: People that have committed crimes (x2 for foreigners) need to bake brownies or cookies (anything that is edible/cute and timely to make) and bring as a gift to your local Koban. Acknowledge past criminal activity(s), say you are sorry and ask for leniency. Since Japan police eventually find the criminal 99.9% of the time it makes sense just to confess and get the guilt off your chest.

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    Knox Harrington

    I love how the police have their "campaigns" a few times a year to really show how efficient they are. What's the point? Does anyone actually believe this after having seen those people standing inside a koban in the middle of the night while cars run red lights just outside their little police station. I don't know which country's police force Japan tried to copy during the Meiji transformation but they sure as hell didn't succeed in copying the efficiency part.

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