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Honolulu and Japanese police partner to address crimes against Japanese visitors

Japanese and Honolulu police are working together to try to keep Japanese visitors safe. Japanese and Honolulu police are working together to try to keep Japanese visitors safe.
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police, Japanese law enforcement and Kailua businesses are banding together to reduce crimes against Japanese visitors.

"We've noticed that Japanese visitors are vulnerable targets. They're targets of opportunity," said Honolulu police Maj. Ryan Borges. "They drive around on these bikes with a basket on the front with their property inside."

On Friday, a Tokyo police detective met with the Honolulu Police Department to discuss the latest crimes targeting Japanese visitors. 

This week, people jumped into action to catch a thief after a woman had her purse snatched from the basket of her rented bike.

Last week, two people were arrested after a Japanese tourist had his backpack taken from him as he rode his bike near Lanikai Beach. 

It's not just Kailua, either. Another Japanese visitor was injured last month in a drive-by purse-snatching near Kualoa. 

"We want to make Windward Oahu the safest place to live, work and play," said Borges.

Businesses praised efforts to reduce crimes against visitors.

"The conversation is happening, so that's good," said Chris Kojima, owner of Kailua Outdoor Adventures, which rents bikes to visitors. "We're bringing a lot of awareness of the dangers of these criminals coming into our towns."

Kojima sad two of his customers were involved in last week's attacks, so he's been in touch with police and taking measures to keep his customers from becoming victims.

"We're allowing people to store their personal belongings at our shop while they're on our bikes, and we're telling them don't put anything really super valuable in your basket," said Kojima. 

HPD has another meeting planned next month at the Japanese consulate with businesses and tour groups to discuss ways to keep Japanese visitors safe.

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