kliide described it best about the police here in china. If someone isn't getting killed or raped they're not very useful. :P Thieves get a slap on the wrist simply because they are so rampant (Theres this many people so you have an abundance of low class citizens) on the streets including children and adults of all ages. The cops wouldn't have even come to take my report had I not said I had an american passport. They came here and when they saw I was chinese when they were expecting a white guy I immediately saw them take off the whole *wow this is important we gotta help him!* look. lol
Anyway my lappy is bound to be many the ONLY or few laptops in this whole province with a 3.2ghz processor and a mobile 9600 radeon. So yes whoever sees it is gonna notice. But I'm not crossing my fingers since there are so many people here and it's simply not concieveable to go around alerting everyone in the city about my stolen laptop. Cause even if someone sees it or steals it back they also might keep it for themselves or just sell it in the backstreet markets widely popular here.
Anyway the price of the lappy far exceeds the yearly salary of an average joe here soooooo... means if they sell it then they have a pretty penny to spend. 2100 buck laptop = 16800 RMB in china. And thats also like having 16800 american dollars in the USA if you have 16800 RMB in china.
On another note I'd like to add that china isn't the communist police state everyone thinks it is. There are no red guards that march down the street or force you to do whatever. I've been here 8 months already and I can say what I've seen and done here is exactly as free as I am in the US however it's more exciting.
Already saw 2 people get run over by cars and two thieves who got b***ch slapped by the cops when they were caught.
Well the cops came but the citizens basically beat them down hard. LOL
If you have the time china is worth coming to. Larger cities like Beijing and Guangzhou or Shenzhen are really developed and can compare with new york or san francisco but don't expect every city to be as well established as them