Young adults most common victims of criminal cases: statistics

Taipei--The number of victims of criminal cases in Taiwan from January to May was down slightly from the same period a year earlier, with the 18-23 age group the most likely to be victimized, according to the latest Ministry of the Interior (MOI) statistics.

There were 75,513 victims of criminal cases accepted and handled by police in the first five months, down 2.6 percent year-on-year. That translated to 320.7 victims per 100,000 people, down 9.4 from a year earlier, the data showed.

Some 57.4 percent of the victims, or 43,330, were victims of five major crimes -- burglary/robbery, fraud, simple assault, violent crimes and extortion -- that undermine social safety.

Of those crimes, there were 22,342 burglary and robbery victims, 14,247 fraud victims, 5,633 simple assault victims, 634 victims of violent crimes and 474 victims of extortion.

At the same time, there were 1,175 victims of drunk driving during the first five months, down 20.7 percent year-on-year as a result of police efforts to crack down on such offenses.

By gender and age, there were 30 percent more male victims than female victims, and people in the 18-23 age bracket were the most likely victims, at 534 per 100,000 people.

There were 459.6 victims per 100,000 people in the 24-39 age bracket and 342.3 victims per 100,000 people in the 40-64 age group.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel