Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

Tourist areas in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui districts recorded the highest number of arrests of non-ethnic Chinese who committed a variety of crimes last year.

About 4,400 non-ethnic Chinese were arrested last year with only 35% of them holding temporary identity certificates, the Oriental Daily reported, citing police figures. The majority of those holding temporary identity certificates were asylum seekers, but the report did give the exact number.

The figures also showed that Yau Tsim district in Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tusi topped the number of the arrests with 883, followed by Sham Shui Po, Central district on Hong Kong Island, Yuen Long in the New Territories and Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.

The arrests were mostly for crimes like shoplifting and theft, followed by assault and drug-related felonies. Police said they would step up cooperation with immigration and customs officials as well as with their mainland counterparts.