- TRTA & TBTMG
Crime and insecurity
Although such a situation could be a good breedingplace for highdensity
related crimes such as pickpocketing and aggression, this is not
the case in Japan. Crime rates are low throughout the country
and the same applies for the metro system. Vandalism and graffiti
is virtually non-existent and the rate of pickpocketings is low.
The combination of crowded trains and the reserved attitude of
Japanese women does, however, offer ample opportunity for indecent
assaults ("chikan"). Although there is no valid data
about the extent of this problem (the motivation among Japanese
women to report this type of crime is very low) it is generally
agreed upon by the public that it does occur on a rather regular
Source: López, M.J.J., Crime Prevention
Guidelines for the Construction & Management of Metro Systems,
Den Haag: RCM-advies 1996, pg. 23-25.