No fear of robbers

One of the things I love about Japan is how secure I feel. Here I don’t have to worry too much about being robbed. For example, look at this video, it is amazing how people leave their staff in their bicycles when they go inside the shops.

Look, this guy left his bicycle parked with a new PS3 on it!

Picture by Flapy

  • Tornadoes28

    February 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

    That would be gone in 2 seconds here in Los Angeles.

  • mati

    February 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    countless times i forgot locking my bicycle leaving
    it behind together with a bunch of keys. never got
    stolen, even on busy streets in 六本木.

  • paul

    February 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    that ps3 would be gone the second the owner took his eyes off it

    this might be stupid to ask but how safe is it if you forget to lock your house

  • alafista

    February 3, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I would have taken the chance and ran off with the bike. Too bad I can’t ride a bicycle.

  • blauereiter

    February 3, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Absolutely right, I usually don’t lock my bicycle when I enter the supermarket to shop up to 10-15 minutes. I think in some ways Japan is even safer than my hometown Singapore.

  • syaochan

    February 4, 2009 at 2:54 am

    > That would be gone in 2 seconds here in Los Angeles

    Here in italy too -_-

  • Osakaguy

    February 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Safer, but no 100% safe. My bicycle was stolen from my apartment’s parking area after someone broke the lock. (The cops actually found it two days later.) Also, my gf’s mother left her bag in her bicycle’s basket outside her house for just a few minutes while she went inside. When she went back outside, the bag was gone along with the 30-man en inside. (Japanese people often carry around crazy amounts of cash.)

  • Lynkk

    February 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I live in Musashi-Koyama too and I never lock my bike when I go to the grocery stores and stuff =) It’s pretty safe around here~

  • Barron

    February 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Besides bikes being stolen all the time (when I visited my mother-in-law over xmas vacation, her bike was stolen twice), golf club sets are a prime target in Japan. But I never worried about my wife walking home at night from the station to our apartment.

  • jays

    February 14, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I moved to a new place in Tokyo and after a couple of weeks, I decided to ride my bicycle to the station. even though it was locked with a chain, it was gone by the time I got back. Don’t believe the hype about Japan being safe & secure…