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Safety and Security in Hong Kong

With a state as densely populated as Hong Kong, it might come as a surprise that the crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. The biggest safety threats are small scams and the occasional typhoon. Discrimination, albeit still a problem, is decreasing as well due to government measures.

As in every city or state which is as densely populated as Hong Kong, scams, petty theft, and other small crimes are a problem. However, the overall crime rate remains rather low. Omnipresent police forces work hard to ensure a high level of security so that the only major threats are occasional typhoons. Discrimination is still somewhat of a problem in Hong Kong. However, government measures and anti-discrimination laws are slowly leading to a more inclusive society.

Safety and Security in Hong Kong: Staying Safe and Sound

If you are about to move to Hong Kong, you’ll be glad to know that Hong Kong is one of the safest places in the world. High safety standards and a very efficient police force allow you to safely explore your new home. But what applies to violent crimes, does not necessarily apply to small scams and petty crime. After all, being a foreigner makes you a moving target for most criminals. So, be cautious and use common sense, as always when moving about a big city. The months between May and November are peak season for typhoons in Hong Kong. Although the state hasn’t been hit by serious typhoons in a while, rainstorms and generally rough weather are common during those months. Typhoon season reaches its peak in September. The government has established a relatively simple classification system which allows you to estimate how severe the situation actually is and what safety precautions you need to take.

Safety and Security in Hong Kong: Discrimination

Hong Kong is considered a multicultural hot spot which unites both Eastern and Western influences. Despite its multiculturalism, however, discrimination is still an issue. The government has already passed laws which prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, family status, or disability. Unfortunately, sexuality and sexual orientation have not been taken into account so far. Immigrants from Mainland China and other Asian minorities are often subject to racial discrimination. At the same time, sexism often manifests in the work place when women receive lower salaries and fewer career opportunities. The Equal Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination ordinances passed by Hong Kong’s government. If you experience discrimination of some sort, you can turn to them and issue a complaint. The result will be conciliation and the attempt to find a solution to the problem on common ground. However, legal assistance is available to you as well.

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