A total of 246,934 criminal cases were reported in Taiwan in the first 10 months of this year, which translates into one case being reported every two minutes, according to government statistics released Saturday.
The figure represents a decrease of 3,252 cases from last year and a slowdown from 2010, when one criminal case was reported every 1.4 minutes, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said.
Between January and October this year, 57,854 cases (23.4 percent of the total) of offenses against public safety were reported, of which 91.6 percent involved drunk driving, the ministry said.
Burglary was the second-most commonly reported crime, accounting for 47,821 cases, or 19.3 percent of the total, the MOI said.
During the 10-month period, the crime incidence rate was 1,050 cases per 100,000 people, while the offender rate was 983 persons per population of 100,000, the ministry said.
Most or a total of 231,661 criminal cases were resolved, with the crime resolution rate standing at 93.8 percent, according to the ministry.
However, in the first 10 months, the number of criminal suspects increased by 2 percent year-on-year to 231,153, with those involved in drug-related cases recording the largest increase, by 5,760, the ministry said.
The number of crime victims meanwhile dropped by 2.2 percent to 157,847, with burglary victims seeing the largest decrease, by 8,797, the MOI said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel