Are frequent stop-and-searches by police a main reason behind Hong Kong's low crime rate?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 7:53am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 7:53am

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Does anyone who is questioning or ridiculing the stop-and-search tactic could imagination how their own and their families life could be affected if we had to life under such a high chance of being a victim of a crime?
This clearly shows that the HK police stop-and-search tactics are working.
Our crimes statistics makes us the envy of most if not all countries around the world.
If this is the price we need to pay to life in safety, we having a very fair deal.
The whole stop-and-search regime is clearly an exercise in pre-judgement. Every time you see a 'stop' in progress, the target is clearly from one of a very limited number of backgrounds, typically a) South Asian, or b) young man with 'street' clothes and style.
Similarly, my Indonesian wife knows only too well that if she is wearing casual clothes, she is viewed with suspicion. Dressed smartly, the police take no notice.
With such obvious profiling, what possible crime deterrent is there?