Tue, Nov 26, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Minister reports slight rise in crime

RELATIVE STABILITY Interior Minister Yu Cheng-hsien told a legislative committee on internal affairs yesterday that this country remains safer than the US and the UK

CNA , TAIPEI

The public security situation is fairly stable, despite a slight increase in violent crime figures during the third quarter of this year, Minister of the Interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) said yesterday.

Delivering a briefing on the state of public security at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan's Committee of Internal and Ethnic Affairs, Yu described the nation's social order as being better than those of such countries as the US and Britain.

From July to September, the total number of general criminal cases reported reached 70,949, an increase of 1,085 cases, or 0.64 percent, from the same period of last year, Yu said, quoting statistics compiled by the National Police Administration.

However, the minister noted, criminal cases solved by the police in the same quarter increased by 15,036 cases, with the rate of criminal cases solved growing 8.44 percent in comparison with the corresponding period of last year.

As for violent crime, an increase of 278 cases was recorded in the July to September period. Of the total, rape and intentional homicide accounted for the lion's share, with 154 cases and 83 cases, respectively.

The police administration has drafted a set of measures aimed at curbing crime, including redoubling efforts to crack down on gangs and drug smugglers, carrying out sweeping inspections of financial institutions' security systems and integrating resources to set up monitoring systems in the community, Yu said.

Meanwhile, the police administration quoted an annual report issued by the FBI in the US as saying that last year, the crime rate in Taiwan was slightly higher than that of Japan but lower than those of Britain, Germany, France and the US.

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