Like some other people on this forum, in the past I haven’t been much impressed by Taiwan’s police. Seeing on-duty uniformed officers so drunk they can barely stand has something to do with it.
I’ve revised my opinion after our recent trip to Penghu. A few hours before going to the airport for the return flight I left my wallet in a coffeeshop in Magong. I didn’t realize this until we were in the airport, through the security check. Luckily my passport and ticket weren’t in my wallet.
On arriving in Tainan my wife called the police in Penghu and told them where I thought I’d left my wallet. Within an hour they called back saying they’d retrieved it (the coffeeshop workers had held onto it thinking I’d come back; there was no phone number inside they could call). The police listed the contents to make sure nothing was missing.
Yesterday afternoon the wallet arrived at my home via speedpost.
Well done, Penghu police. Thank you coffeeshop employees for not helping yourselves to the cash inside.