I’m very curious about other people’s opinions on this issue.
Every year, when I return to Canada for a vacation with my family, I get the sense that most Canadian cities are absolutely stricken with crimes of opportunity: specifically, thefts.
Reports of car break-ins, smash and grabs and backyard property thefts seem like the norm.
It makes sense that medium sized cities in Canada are particularly susceptible to these kinds of crimes. Houses and businesses are spaced widely apart, there are a lack of surveillance cameras in parking lots and on streets and people generally do not have surveillance cameras on their property.
I see tons of videos on youtube from the US and Canada where people are stealing UPS packages from other people’s front steps, porches and even out of mailboxes in broad daylight.
In places like Victoria and Vancouver, I seem to hear story after story of people having lawn furniture being stolen right out of backyards.
And of course…there’s the massive problem of bicycle theft in almost every city in the US and Canada.
Garage break-ins, house break-ins, even people who live in good areas are affected.
I’m wondering…does Taiwan have the same issues?
I’ve lived here a long time and I just don’t feel like Taiwanese cities have this kind of crime.
I would expect that Taiwan would more general surveillance compared to cities in the US and Canada -both in the form of actual people observing most of what goes on in the street and also in the form of sophisticated video cameras positioned almost everywhere.
I might also imagine that Taiwan has far less people addicted to heroin and crack compared to the US and Canada so there not as many small-time criminals trying to steal things to sell.
Am I right or just imagining this?
Does Taiwan experience less ‘Crime of Opportunity’ compared to the US and Canada?
Thanks for any of your ideas