ID card robbery rife on mainland

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 October, 2004, 12:00am

In the first nine months of this year, about 5,700 Hong Kong residents sought help from immigration officers at the Lowu border checkpoint saying that their identity cards had been stolen or lost on the mainland.

Last year, more than 8,400 Hong Kong residents reported the loss of their identity cards at the same Lowu border checkpoint.

Every year, more than 100,000 Hong Kong residents report the loss of their identity cards, according to a spokesman for the Immigration Department.

The department has asked Hong Kong residents to take extra precautions with guarding their travel documents when they travel outside the region, especially during the busy festive seasons.

Residents have to pay $395 for a replacement identity card and face a three-week wait before it's ready, according to the spokesman.