How to Text the Police for Help in China?
What do you do in an emergency situation in China when you are unable to call the police? Did you know that you can text the police? Here is when you should text the police, and what you should write:
When should I text the police?
There a number of special situations in which it is better to text the police than to call them. These include:
During a robbery on a public bus
In cases of abduction and kidnapping
When you are in a dangerous place with gambling, prostitutes, drugs, etc.
Any other situation when it is unsafe to speak on the phone
How do I text the police?
To text the Chinese police, send an SMS to 12110 + your city's three-digit area code. For example, those in Beijing would text 12110010, and those in Zhengzhou would text 12110371.
Don't know your area code? Check this website and there is a list of the area codes of China’s major cities: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/area_zip/
If your area code is only two digits, then add a zero to the beginning like the Beijing example.
The SMS should be as brief as possible and should include the nature of the incident, your location, and the time. The text should include your address and apartment number if the crime is happening in your home.
For example, if there are thieves in your Shenzhen home you can text, "Shenzhen, Cuizhu Lu (Luohu District), Jinfu Building, 15F, Unit 1503, there is a thief."
We believe you should send the text in Chinese if you can, but send it in English if you have no other option—translation software is now easily available and the police should be able to translate your message in an emergency situation.
It is best if the SMS is sent to the police several times and also sent to family and friends who are able to call 110 for a direct line to the police.
If the police receive an SMS asking for help, they will respond to the text in a timely manner to confirm receipt. The sender should make sure they receive confirmation from the police when they text for help. Make sure your phone muted if you are dealing with an abductor, a thief, or any other kind of dangerous person.
The Chinese police highlight that texting 12110 should only be done in special circumstances. It is better to directly call 110 in an emergency situation.
Source: KeyToMainland, CCTV News