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Traffic Accidents and Crime

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Print2017-02-16

Traffic Accidents

In the event of a traffic accident, the driver(s) of the vehicle(s) must stop immediately, give aid to any injured, and take necessary measures to prevent danger on the road. Then, the condition of the accident must be reported to police.

Encountering Crime

In the event you fall victim to a crime, make sure to notify the police. If the police aren’t notified because the damage was small or because it’s troublesome to report crimes, they won’t know that a crime occurred, and as a result, the perpetrator may repeat the crime and harm another person in a similar fashion.

Additionally, in case you witness or obtain information about a crime, do not hesitate to call 110 or contact the nearest police station or koban. Your understanding and cooperation to help the police arrest criminals and solve cases would be greatly appreciated.

Emergency Calls to the Police (Dial 110)

If you make a 110 emergency call to the police, an explanation in Japanese of the relevant details, such as the type of emergency, location and the caller’s name will be required. If possible, ask a nearby Japanese speaker.

When calling you will be asked the following:

Q: What happened?

Explain in simple and understandable terms what happened, whether it was a crime, accident, or other incident.

Q: When did it occur?

Explain around what time or how many minutes ago the incident occurred.

Q: Where did it occur?

Give any information such as the address at which the incident occurred, nearby stations or intersections, or anything else to help pinpoint the location.

Q: Who were the perpetrators?

Describe the number of people involved, their sex, height, build, age, appearance such as clothing worn, method of escape, direction in which they fled, and any other relevant information.

Q: What are the damage or injury conditions?

Describe the degree of damage or injury, items stolen, or anything else relevant.

Q: What is your address and name?

Give your address, full name, telephone number, and other details such as your citizenship and what languages you can speak, etc.

List of Police Stations

Station Name 

 Address TEL
 Chikusa 8–6, Kakuozan-tori, Chikusa-ku (052) 753–0110
 Higashi 9–23, Tsutsui 1-chome Higashi-ku (052) 936–0110
 Kita 15–18, Tabata 2-chome Kita-ku (052) 981–0110
 Nishi 3–25, Tenjinyama-cho, Nishi-ku (052) 531–0110
 Nakamura 17–9, Tsubaki-cho, Nakamura-ku (052) 452–0110
 Naka 23–18, Chiyoda 2-chome Naka-ku (052) 241–0110
 Showa 5–11, Hiroji-tori, Showa-ku (052) 852–0110
 Mizuho 2–22, Mizuho-tori, Mizuho-ku (052) 842–0110
 Atsuta 1–20, Yokota 1-chome, Atsuta-ku (052) 671–0110
 Nakagawa 1–4, Shinoharabashi-tori, Nakagawa-ku (052) 354–0110
 Minami 2–20, Terabe-dori, Minami-ku (052) 822–0110
 Minato 4–16, Irifune 2-chome Minato-ku (052) 661–0110
 Midori 20, Aoyama 3-chome, Midori-ku (052) 621–0110
 Meito 1009, Itakadai 2-chome Meito-ku (052) 778–0110
 Tempaku 401, Ueda Minami 1-chome, Tempaku-ku (052) 802–0110
 Moriyama 401, Wakita-cho, Moriyama-ku (052) 798–0110

Q: What types of crimes are occurring frequently?

A: Burglary occurs quite often, and Aichi Prefecture is in a critical situation as the worst in the country for seven years in a row since 2007. In Nagoya, cases of breaking-and-entering into households occurred quite frequently in 2010. Since then, this trend has been continuing.
To avoid becoming a victim, take countermeasures while utilizing these four points that burglars hate.

  1.  Make it harder to break in. Using auxiliary locks will lengthen the time it takes a burglar to break in.
  2. Intimidate them with sound. An alarm can be installed on your house to use sound to repel burglars.
  3. Light up the surrounding area. The surrounding area can be lit up with sensor lights to ensure visibility at night.
  4. Strengthen neighborhood collaboration. Exchange greetings with neighbors and work together to prevent crime.

Pay attention to the 4 points above to make an environment where you won’t be targeted by burglars and to protect your family and property.
Aichi Prefectural Police official website http://www.pref.aichi.jp/police/(外部リンク)別ウィンドウ


* actual burglary scene

Crime Prevention (Don’t become a victim!)

Cases of burglaries, car thefts, muggings and bike thefts occur frequently within the city. These crimes can be prevented with a little caution, so please make sure to follow the crime prevention guidelines written below.

Breaking-and-entering Prevention Guidelines

Cases of breaking-and-entering occur most often when household members are away or asleep. The culprit enters the house by breaking a window and steals valuables.

  • Make sure to lock your doors when you are away for a short time and even when you are inside your house.
  • Increase your house’s ability to ward off crime by putting an auxiliary lock or alarms on your windows.
  • Deepen neighborhood solidarity by greeting your neighbors and telling them when you are away.
  • Make sure not to leave tools outside that can be used to break in, such as stepladders or gardening shovels.

Car Theft Prevention Guidelines

Car theft is a term used to refer to thefts of automobiles themselves, thefts of items left in automobiles, and thefts of things attached to automobiles such as license plates and car navigation systems.

  • Make sure to lock your car and close your windows when leaving your car, even for a short time.
  • Use parking lots that are well-managed with good visibility.
  • Make ample use of handle locks and alarms.
  • Make sure not to leave your things in your car.

Mugging Prevention Guidelines

Muggers primarily use bikes to commit their crimes, coming from behind and snatching bags and other items. The majority of victims are women.

  • Carry your bags on the side away from the road.
  • Carry shoulder bags diagonally across your chest.
  • If you hear the sound of a bicycle from behind, be careful and look behind you.
  • When riding a bicycle, put a crime prevention net on your bicycle basket.

Bicycle Theft Prevention Guidelines

Bicycle theft refers to thefts of bicycles themselves.

  • Choose high-performance bicycle locks that comply with JIS standards.
  • Bicycles can still be stolen even while locked up. Make sure to have two or more locks made of durable wire.
  • Lock up your bike when you leave your bicycle, even for a short time.
  • Use bicycle parking lots that are easily seen and well-managed.

Be careful when asked to do an easy favor! Trafficking illicit drugs is a serious crime and will be strictly punished.

There has been an increase in cases of people becoming traffickers of illicit drugs such as amphetamines, lured by simple requests.

If you are asked to:
◎ Bring luggage or souvenirs from overseas
◎ Travel overseas at no cost
◎ Lend your name and address for the arrival of a package
You might be recruited into trafficking!

If you feel something is amiss when someone asks you to do a simple favor, contact customs. Your confidentiality will be protected.

Contact: Nagoya Customs
*E-mail:nagoya-chosa-johokanri@customs.go.jp
*TEL:0120-461-961 (free dial)