TAIPEI - President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that crime rates in the country have dropped significantly, lauding the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police Agency for their efforts.
Ma, who doubles as Kuomintang chairman, made the comments at the ruling party's weekly Central Standing Committee meeting in which Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) gave a report on crime prevention.
The Interior Ministry's insistence that mayors and magistrates personally host their local governments' crime prevention meetings every month has led to significant results, the president said, adding that the local government chiefs' personal attention to crime prevention is key to reducing crime.
After hearing Lee's report, Ma said that the public is very concerned about criminal offences, because crime affects not only the lives of citizens but also the nation's economic development.
The president explained that crime rates have gradually decreased and that clearance rates have gradually increased.
The president said that before he took office, cross-strait fraud was a very serious problem, and that the number of cases reached an apex in 2006, involving more than 40,000 criminals who had cheated people out of NT$18.5 billion.