Visitors to Hong Kong should be aware of luggage thieves targeting airport buses. Police believe an organised crime gang is behind a recent surge in thefts.

A senior police source told the South China Morning Post that “there have been many, many cases involving travellers who have come off flights landing in Hong Kong and then taken airport buses into the city. Perhaps they feel the threat to their property drops once they are on the ground, but this is now not the case. The number and nature of such thefts – which would appear to involve a significant number of mainland culprits – suggest it is a very well organised, syndicated crime gang.”

The article goes on to describe two recent cases, and notes that the criminals target ‘passengers who store their bags in a luggage compartment on the lower level of a double decker bus, and then take a seat upstairs.’

If you are planning to catch the bus from Hong Kong International Airport in to the city, we strongly recommend you keep a close eye on your luggage.

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