Criminal cases in Taiwan increase slightly this year


TAIPEI–One criminal case was reported every 1.7 minutes in Taiwan in the first 11 months of the year, a slight increase from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

The figure, representing an average of 849 cases per day, showed that criminal cases have occurred more frequently this year than last year during the same period, when they were reported once every 1.76 minutes.

The ministry said there were 283,622 criminal cases in Taiwan during the January-to-November period, an increase of 9,912 cases year-on-year.

The rise was attributed to a revised article in the Criminal Code that lowered the threshold for drunk driving to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 percent, from 0.11 percent previously, resulting in a sharp increase in the number of public hazard offenses.

In terms of crime busting rates, 245,395 cases, or 86.52 percent of the total, were cracked in the first 11 months.

A separate analysis found that there were 192,383 victims in the first 11 months, an increase of 2,677 from the same period last year.