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Crime rate in Taiwan 2008-2018

In 2018, around 1,207 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported in Taiwan. The crime rate in Taiwan decreased from 1,246 incidents per 100,000 people in 2017.

Crime in Taiwan

Over the last decade, the crime rate in Taiwan dropped significantly from 1,972 reported incidents per 100,000 inhabitants in 2008 to only 1,281 in 2013. In the following years, that downtrend weakened, but figures generally kept on decreasing. Compared to other countries, these numbers are in a medium range. Reported crimes per inhabitants in the United States, for example, were more than double that of Taiwan, although the crime rates in different states in the United States varied considerably. On the contrary, the crime rate in Singapore was only half as high as in Taiwan. However, it should be kept in mind that the definition of crime, the willingness to report crimes, and accounting measures may vary in different countries.

Most common crimes in Taiwan

Considering different types of crimes committed in Taiwan, excluding offenses against public safety, the most common crimes were drug and theft related. In contrast, the number of cases of murder and manslaughter were relatively low in 2018 and were comparable to other Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. This is also due to the crime-clearing rate in Taiwan having improved considerably over recent years and reached 95 percent in 2018.

Rate of reported crimes in Taiwan from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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