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Law and Order


Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world. The overall crime rate, that is, the total number of crimes per 100 000 population, is lower than many other metropolitan cities.

Crime Situation in 2015 and 2016

2. In 2016, the overall crime rate1 (825 cases per 100 000 population) and violent crime rate1 (138 cases per 100 000 population) decreased by 9.2% and 7.4% respectively as compared with 2015. The overall crime figures dropped to a new record low after 1978 and the crime rate calculated in number of crimes per 100 000 population was a new record low in the past 44 years. The overall crime detection rate was 47.3% compared with 44.8% in 2015.

3. The number of many serious crimes has registered a decline. These include blackmail (-27.2%), deception (-22.4%), criminal damage (-10.9%), serious drug offences (-9.5%), thefts (-6.8%), wounding and serious assault (-6.3%) and burglaries (-5.9%).

4.  Overall, the law and order situation has remained stable.


1The overall crime rate and the violent crime rate are compiled with the latest population figures released by the Census and Statistics Department.


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