When Crime Meets Pandemic: Organized Crimes and Triad Societies’ Activities during COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong


  • Bryan Tzu Wei Luk Senior Research Fellow, Basic Law Foundation, 605B, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, SAR, Hong Kong https://orcid.org/0009-0003-3373-086X




Organized Crimes, COVID-19 Pandemic, Triad Societies, Hong Kong


Recent studies suggest that the pandemic has impacted criminal activities and organized crime groups. This article provides a qualitative review of changes in crime rates, patterns, and activities of organized crime groups (specifically, Triads) in Hong Kong. Three specific types of organized crimes with high Triad involvement were selected: serious violent crimes, serious drug-related crimes, and smuggling. After analyzing both official and non-official sources, the results showed that despite the government's stringent control measures that significantly suppressed socio-economic activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the figures for these selected crimes rose tremendously. Triads' organized criminal activities became more frequent, dangerous, and aggressive, posing a severe threat to Hong Kong's law and order.


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How to Cite

Wei Luk, B. T. . (2023). When Crime Meets Pandemic: Organized Crimes and Triad Societies’ Activities during COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 12, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4409.2023.12.01