Violent crimes, thefts down sharply Jan-April: police

Taipei--Taiwanese police investigated 417 cases of violent crime from January to April this year, down 22.35 percent from the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by the National Police Agency (NPA) and released on Tuesday.

During the same four-month period, police received reports of 16,520 thefts or burglaries, 11.65 percent fewer than last year, according to the NPA.

The number of road accidents and deaths caused by drunk driving also fell, from 560 and 30 respectively last year, to 504 and 20, said the NPA.

The police authority released the figures to demonstrate their improved performance ahead of May 20, the first anniversary of President Tsai Ing-wen taking office.

The NPA also quoted a 2017 American Chamber of Commerce survey as saying most American expats listed "safety" as the top reason for choosing to live and work in Taiwan, followed by an "easy and comfortable life."

A Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation survey released last month listed police as the most trusted among seven categories of public servants, enjoying a favorability rating of 74.1 percent.

By comparison, tax officials enjoy a favorability rating of 55.8 percent, followed by military servicemen and women (55.6 percent), administrative officials (44.4 percent), prosecutors (43.6 percent), intelligence and national security agents (38.5 percent) and judges (24.5 percent). (Bt Chu Tze-wei and S.C. Chang)

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel