How to Deal with Emergency When Traveling in Beijing2016-12-23 14:30:51Share:
In comparison with many other major cities in the world，Beijing is considered a pretty safe city. It’s proven that serious crimes against foreigners are rare, and remember, common sense precautions will keep you safe.
Foreigners may experience whistles or calls, but curiosity, not aggression, is the sentiment behind this! Petty crimes such as pick pocketing and purse snatching occur frequently, you can take steps to avoid begin being an easy target though. Stay highly alert in crowned places such as train stations, public transport, shopping areas, tourist destinations and parks.
Call 110 right away when emergencies or serious crimes happen. For lost and stolen articles, contact Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (English service #: 84020101) and your insurance company. Most insurance companies require you to file a record of your loss with the appropriate authorities within 24 hours of the loss being discovered. If you lose your passport you will need to contact both your embassy and the Exit and Entry Management Section of the Public Security Bureau.
Always get a receipt when taking a taxi, which will allow you or your Chinese-speaking friend to contact the taxi company directly if you leave something behind. Prompt action enables the company to call the driver, making the return of your things much more possibly.
How to use 110
In Beijing, 110 is the emergency number equivalent to 911 in the US. You can dial this number free from any cell phone or pay phone in Beijing. Ask for service in English calmly and speak slowly and deliberately when transferred to an English-speaking officer. You need to provide details on your location, why you’re calling, your name and any other requested information.
Remain where you are after you call, unless unsafe to do so. If you change your location, contact 110 again when possible with updated information. Leave things as they are at any crime scene just in order to keep evident intact.
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