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1 TheftTheft accounted for 75.5% (in 2008) of reported non-traffic penal code offenses. Fig. 1-1-2-1 shows the number of reported cases, number of cleared cases, and clearance rate for theft over the last 30 years.
Fig. 1-1-2-1 Number of reported/cleared cases and clearance rate for theft (1979–2008)
The number of reported cases turned to a decreasing trend after reaching a post WWII high of 2,377,488 cases in 2002 and then subsequently continued to decrease. In 2008 it was 1,372,840 cases, down 1,004,648 cases (42.3%) from 2002. The number of cleared cases was 379,839 (down 15,404 cases or 3.9% from the previous year) and the number of cleared persons was 174,738 (down 5,708 persons or 3.2% (id.)) in 2008. The clearance rate, however, then continued to rise from 2002 and was 27.7% in 2008, up 12.0 points from the post WWII low in 2001.
Fig. 1-1-2-2 shows the percent distribution of reported cases for theft by modus operandi in 2008.
Fig. 1-1-2-2 Percent distribution of reported cases for theft by modus operandi (2008)Fig. 1-1-2-3 shows the number of reported cases for theft by modus operandi over the last 30 years.
Fig. 1-1-2-3 Number of reported cases for theft by modus operandi (1979–2008)