Bur­glary the crime most com­mit­ted by for­eign­ers

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Nearly 1,900 for­eign na­tion­als vi­o­lated the law in Tai­wan last year, and bur­glary was the most com­mon of­fense, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal news­pa­per Fri­day.

The United Evening News cited the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Bud­get, Ac­count­ing and Sta­tis­tics as say­ing that a to­tal of 1,898 for­eign­ers were in­volved in 2,001 crim­i­nal cases last year, down 18.4 per­cent from a peak of 2,325 in 2009 but still up from around 800 in 2004.

The Na­tional Po­lice Agency said the de­cline in crim­i­nal cases in­volv­ing for­eign na­tion­als was down be­cause of an ac­tive crack­down in re­cent years.

The sta­tis­tics do not in­clude fig­ures for for­eign na­tion­als from China, Hong Kong or Ma­cau, who are cat­e­go­rized sep­a­rately.

More than 85 per­cent of of­fend­ers were from Asia, and those from Viet­nam, Thai­land, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines were the most com­mon of­fend­ers.

Bur­glary was the most com­mon crime, fol­lowed by of­fenses against public safety, such as drunk driv­ing and ar­son, and drug traf­fick­ing.

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