Criminal Affairs Bureau
1.Number of Penal Code Offenses Known to the Police (See Appendix 2)
In 2019, the number of penal code offenses Known to the police was 748,559, a decrease of 68,779 (8.4%) from the previous year. After marking a postwar record high in 2002, it has continued to decrease since 2003. In 2019, the number is less than one-third of that in 2002.
Among the different types of offenses known to the police, the number of larcenies was 532,565, a decrease of 49,576 (8.5%) from the previous year. There has been a decreasing trend in the number of felonies (murder, robbery, arson, and forcible sexual intercourse) in recent years.
In addition, the number of intellectual offenses was 36,031, a decrease of 6,563 (15.4%) from the previous year.
2.Number of Cleared Penal Code Offenses (See Appendix 2)
The number of cleared penal code offenses was 294,206, a decrease of 15,203 (4.9%) from the previous year, while the number of persons arrested was 192,6075, a decrease of 13,487 (6.5%) from the previous year.
The number of cleared larcenies was 180,897, a decrease of 9,647 (5.1%) from the previous year.
The number of cleared felonies was 4,240, a decrease of 97 (2.2%) from the previous year.
The number of cleared intellectual offenses was 19,096, a decrease of 595 (3.0%) from the previous year.
Number of Penal Code Offenses Known to the Police
5 This number includes not only persons arrested but also those against whom necessary investigations have been completed without detention
Trends in Penal Code Offense Known and Cleared (1946 – 2019)
Note: The number of persons arrested includes not only persons arrested but also those against whom necessary investigations have been completed without detention.
3.Cooperation of Citizens
The understanding and cooperation of the citizens is critical in crime investigation. The police call for information and assistance which could facilitate investigations from the public through its offline and online publications.
In addition, the police introduced the Special Cash Reward System - a public reward system - in 2007, to encourage citizens to provide information for solving serious crimes.
A Reward Poster