TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The crime rate in Taiwan during the first half of 2017 declined by almost 2 percent compared to the same period in the previous year, with total reported cases around 143,000, said Ministry of Interior’s (MOI) Department of Statistics Saturday.
The MOI also said that the offense clearance rate reached 94.3%, increasing by 0.6 percent compared to 2016.
Since 2011, the crime rate had dropped by 16.36 percent until 2016, said MOI.
Among all offenses, endangering public safety which includes drunk-driving, use of drugs, theft, and fraud accounted for almost 70 percent.
The decline in the crime rate can be attributed to a significant decrease in theft, said the MOI.
To be more specific, reported crime cases have continuously decreased over the past six years, from nearly 350,000 cases in 2011 to less than 300,000 cases in 2016, with an exception in 2013, in which the crime rate slightly rose due to an increase in drunk-driving and fraud.
The offense clearance rate had increased from 79 percent in 2011 to nearly 93 percent in 2016, said the MOI.
MOI’s report also showed that male offenders outnumbered their female counterparts, but it did not indicate the exact number and types of crime.