New safety plan to protect Chinese students

Vancouver police and the Chinese consulate in Vancouver have launched a new safety initiative aimed at Chinese international students, writes Cheryl Chan for The Province. The initiative includes a Mandarin-language video outlining police and consular resources posted to their websites.

There are also Chinese-language brochures on consular services, which will be distributed to English-language schools. There are about 20,000 visiting Chinese students aged 14 to 21 in the Vancouver area. Some are more vulnerable to crime because they come to Canada alone, lack a support network, and may be hesitant to contact police because of language and cultural barriers.

“We want to make sure they feel safe to approach us,” said Sergeant Terry Yung at a press conference last Thursday. Yung said the most common crimes targeting Chinese students are extortion and robbery.
Full report on The Province site