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2 men disguised as delivery workers assault, rob man at his apartment

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Police in Tokyo are looking for two men dressed as delivery workers who entered an apartment in Shinjuku Ward and stole a man’s watch and slashed him with a knife.

According to investigators, the incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. Kyodo News reported that two men claiming to be couriers from Yamato Transport were carrying a cardboard box and buzzed the apartment of the man who is in his 50s.

After he opened the door, the two men forced their way into his apartment, slashed his right hand with a knife and stole his watch.

The man managed to flee to the balcony and called down for help from a passerby who immediately contacted the police.

Police said they are examining surveillance camera footage taken near the entrance to the building to try and identify the men.

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Paul Spira

Today  07:49 am JST

Where can we feel safe in Japan these days?

inaka

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This is the fault of Japan's delivery companies. With all the technology available today, why are we not registered residents in their databases?

These companies deliver when THEY want to deliver. Often wasting money, gas, and time by coming to your home when they know you are NOT at home.

These companies should send a notification or SNS that they are trying to deliver to you and when exactly. This will provide better security for Japanese residents. You'll know when to expect them.

As a bonus, you'll know when to NOT answer your door. Bad news for the NHK man, but oh well.

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Redtail Swift

This is the fault of Japan's delivery companies.  

Nope. Not at all. It's the fault of the criminals who attacked that man.

With all the technology available today, why are we not registered residents in their databases?

My wife and I are registered with Yamato and Sagawa. Why are you not registered? It's easy to do on their websites.

These companies deliver when THEY want to deliver. Often wasting money, gas, and time by coming to your home when they know you are NOT at home.

Have you never ordered anything online here? Most major retailers give you a choice of delivery date and time. If not, you simply go to Yamato, Sagawa, or TMG's website with the tracking number, and set a date and time there.

These companies should send a notification or SNS that they are trying to deliver to you and when exactly. This will provide better security for Japanese residents. You'll know when to expect them.

They already do, if you register as a member on their website. Before complaining about something being unavailable, perhaps you should research whether or not that thing is available, first.

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@Paul Spira

Were you expecting Japan to be a country that has no crime?

I don’t think such a country exists.

As is commonly known though, crime rates here are far lower than in most other countries.

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Where can we feel safe in Japan these days?

↑Clearly the comment from someone who haven't been outside of Japan in a while.

Whenever you feel grumpy and overly unsatisfied with Japan I recommend taking a week vacation abroad.

You can even go somewhere nearby. As the days pass by, you will be counting the hours to be back to Japan.

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@garypen

You don't worry about me. I got my own home security system. Does everybody have that? The answer is clearly "NO".

Unlike you, what I said was for ALL residents. Think about others. I don't want anybody to suffer a home invasion as this person has.

It's so easy to assume that every comment here is from a personal perspective. Time for some reflection as you read your own comment again.

These delivery companies are culpable. A couple of small-time crooks just exposed how well they understand these couriers and their method of operation. Yamato could be here anytime. Just stay at home and wait all day. Sacrifice your entire schedule because you are at their mercy.

PING PONG! Finally, they are here. Open the door....OMG crooks. Sorry Mr. Pen, you don't know it all. That's why we are here now.

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These delivery companies are culpable.

Don't forget Tokyo Gas, the electric companies, Domino Pizza, all these crooks only help the criminals! Collective bow is needed. #sarc off

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@Finally rich

*According to investigators, the incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. Kyodo News reported that two men claiming to be couriers from Yamato Transport were carrying a cardboard box*

"At around 7p.m" Almost everybody knows that's the most popular time people select to have something delivered.

Play it out in your head. You come home. Open your door. You check the doorpost. Oh, there's the little delivery card. Most of the time it's not inside the doorpost box. You can see the corner of it just sticking out from the outside as you approach your door.

Enter the crooks. They've been watching your daily routine. They see that little delivery card hanging out your doorpost. "Grab that". The resident here is expecting something. Mr Suzuki comes home but never sees the delivery card. All he knows is a package is coming someday.

PING PONG! Mr. Suzuki reacts! That must be apples I ordered from Aomori. Next thing you know, Mr. Suzuki is being robbed at knife point in his own home.

Why is this happening? Because Kuro Neko left the card in his doorpost. These companies give the crooks all the info they need. UPS, FEDEX, DHL, Amazon....all culpable to these crimes.

Use technology! Put GPS on the vehicles!

P.S: Dominos is NOT guilty. You can track them on their webpage.

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He must have been showing off his luxury watch somewhere in public, as so many do, so these two blokes hatched a simple plan.

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Redtail Swift

@garypen

You don't worry about me. I got my own home security system. Does everybody have that? The answer is clearly "NO".

I'm not worried about you at all. I was just pointing out that your comment was 100% incorrect, and the reasons why it was 100% incorrect.

Unlike you, what I said was for ALL residents. Think about others. I don't want anybody to suffer a home invasion as this person has.

The information I provided is available to everyone. I imagine most are already aware of the various points I made, that you were obviously not aware of.

It's so easy to assume that every comment here is from a personal perspective. Time for some reflection as you read your own comment again.

Yup. It still successfully rebuts every point you made, in a clear and concise manner.

These delivery companies are culpable.

And again, nnnnope.

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These delivery companies are culpable.

What hahahaha

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I feel safe in japan. I used to travel often for business and japan is really the only country i felt safe leaving my wife and son. It’s sad to see some psychopaths around in this beautiful country.

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They probably know him.

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I feel ruddy safe in Japan. The crime in some of the places I lived in London was diabolical, you wouldn't Adam and Eve it.

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As a bonus, you'll know when to NOT answer your door. Bad news for the NHK man, but oh well

The NHL man? He has fortunately gone the way of the dodo. Good memories of coming up with ways to trick him and lead him on wild goose chases as he tired to extort money from me though.

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Did they pick this man at random, or was stalked? It seems like an awfully risky way to steal a watch.

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